What One Australian Professor Says About Idealogy and Women’s Issues in America

We just finished watching the Fortnite item shop video on YouTube. It’s a nightly review of everything new available for purchase on Fortnite. That Fortnite is a free game is a moot point. Because for all the “skins” (avatars) and “emotes” (dances) to buy, Fortnite is the most expensive game we could be into right … Read moreWhat One Australian Professor Says About Idealogy and Women’s Issues in America

Why You Should Learn Something New, Even If It’s Dumb

I am trying desperately to listen to Rupi Kaur’s writing workshop on Instagram. She posted it this afternoon. This weekend, I also downloaded Coursera to follow a course titled “International Women’s Health and Human Rights.” I fell asleep last night listening to an interview. I will muddle through the course content. I ordered the textbook … Read moreWhy You Should Learn Something New, Even If It’s Dumb

How I Plan to Retrace My Mom’s Steps Once Covid is Finally Over

Tonight I’ve decided to cook dinner on my cast iron dutch oven thing. I usually reserve this tool for camping and cooking over a fire, but I want to cook outside. I’m trying it out on the grill. This afternoon over pizza with my family and my parents, a novel idea came to mind. It … Read moreHow I Plan to Retrace My Mom’s Steps Once Covid is Finally Over

My Top 3 Unusual Book Recommendations From 2020

This morning I’m at a primitive campsite in one of Florida’s state parks. Firewood crackles and hisses in front of me in its ordinary and mesmerizing way. I’m pleased with my fire-making skills. Last night I had managed smoking wood but no flames. Nick watched, unimpressed, as I blew into the kindling, trying to get … Read moreMy Top 3 Unusual Book Recommendations From 2020

To Bible Naysayers: The Gospels are as historically accurate as the history of Herodotus

For some, Christmas is the time of year for observing holiday traditions. For others, it’s a time to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. For many, it’s a time to do both.  Doing both is difficult. The meaning of Christmas competes for our attention with the Western tradition of the tree, the presents, the … Read moreTo Bible Naysayers: The Gospels are as historically accurate as the history of Herodotus

Why Catherine and Elizabeth Are Great Characters

Emily Brontë invented Catherine Earnshaw in Wuthering Heights, and Jane Austen invented Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Both are subject to the same social conventions of late 18th century England: they enjoy no rights to land, title, income, or inheritance on account of their gender. In Catherine Earnshaw, we see one response. Her world … Read moreWhy Catherine and Elizabeth Are Great Characters

Why Your ‘Self-Care’ Might Be Self-Centered

Wikipedia says self-care refers to “the care and cultivation of the self in a comprehensive sense, focusing in particular on the soul and knowledge of the self.” Knowledge of the self is a tall order. It’s hard. Cultivation of the self, even more so. As a result, self-care has become a shorthand for making comfort … Read moreWhy Your ‘Self-Care’ Might Be Self-Centered