Your First Online Name

What was your first online name? Have you changed it? What are some of the best online handles you’ve seen? Those of us who came of age alongside AOL must contend with something even more incriminating than a lifelong Google profile: A trail of discarded online aliases, each a distillation of how we viewed ourselves [Read More...]

Army Shoes

Bad news, trendsetters: The Army has officially banned soldiers from wearing “toe shoes” while training. No, not the en pointe ballet slippers. The glovelike shoes, with individual sections for individual toes, are supposed to simulate the experience of being barefoot and, enthusiasts say, reduce the likelihood of injuries. But in a notice this month, the [Read More...]

The Sea of Galilee

Our hotel was in Tiberias, which in the days of Jesus was a Roman administrative city. One morning we got up early for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee — I have a picture of what the Sea looked an hour or so before we left — but here are some pictures of [Read More...]

An Anabaptist Theology 3

I’ve been negligent on posting this series. Anabaptism sought to find a way outside Catholicism and yet not the same as the major Protestant groups, the Lutherans and the Reformed. Anabaptism, then, can be seen as a third way. Thomas Finger, in his big book A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology: Biblical, Historical, Constructive, seeks to show [Read More...]

Writing, British Style, Yes

Ruth Walker opines about the invasion of British rules — called “logical” — for punctuation, and instead of welcoming the democratic process expresses a bit of the curmudgeonly way of many grammar folks. While we’re at it, how about a vote for the single (‘instead’ of “double”) quotation mark? Elegant. And, for those who are [Read More...]


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