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Today we had one of those moments I want to remember long after the seminary experience has ended.

A few weeks back, our downstairs neighbor came up to apologetically tell us that something in our girls’ bedroom was making a loud noise all night long and keeping them awake. 500 more words

Apartment Living

Free Speech in France Decided on a Case-by-case Basis

Apparently a restaurant owner in France has successfully sued a blogger/critic for hurting his business.

I would have thought that blogging under one’s own name and from a site with a reputation to maintain, non-anonymously, would guard against some of the worst tendencies of the Internet, but in this case the blogger’s choice to use her real name and make it possible to find her is in effect being punished.  56 more words

Politics And Public Policy

Our "Wars" and Why We Fight Them

Ever wonder what’s up with the ubiquitous use of the word “war” to describe some political or cultural cause? A glance at the headlines reveals that we are a nation at war with ourselves. 1,245 more words

Civil Religion

We're All Adults Here

Our youngest daughter, Julie, attended Eastern Connecticut State University.  This is a great state school located within the city of Willimantic, Connecticut.

I had taken the day off to bring Julie to her orientation.  288 more words


Newspaper headline over the line

A controversy has raged in New York city over whether to retire the city’s carriage horses. Proponents believe it is cruel to force the horses to take customers for rides on congested, polluted streets and house them in small stalls.


Intersection: Emerson and Nietzsche

In my previous post, on Emerson’s essay “Power”, I pulled a few quotes from Emerson that saw him choosing brute animal power over human civility. Most explicit is the following: “if it be only a question between the most civil and the most forcible, I lean to the last.” (977) Emerson further claims that what is of value in power lies in the transition from the forcible to the civil, when civility has acted as a sieve removing some of the “astringency” of this brute power, but before civility has erased that power altogether. 310 more words