Messiness and Creativity

Well, this is interesting: some researchers thought that messiness – as opposed to tidiness – might serve a purpose. And so they did some research into messiness and found out some interesting things: When we analyzed the responses, we found that the subjects in both types of rooms came up with about the same number of [Read More...]

Outrage? Or Arrogance?

Katelyn Beaty (who is a colleague of mine at Christianity Today) recently wrote an excellent editorial about our “hunger for outrage” on the internet – and the problems it causes. Call it the tart deliciousness of moral outrage. From mayors’ sex scandals to pastors’ oddball comments to judges’ incoherent rulings, we are reminded 24/7 of the [Read More...]

Improve Your Writing, Now

I teach writing and edit for a living, so I talk to a lot of people who say that they wish they knew a few tricks to help their writing improve. It’s unfortunate but true: once you’re a grownup, on the hamster wheel of daily work, it’s hard to re-learn grammar rules and re-build your [Read More...]

Identity and Belonging – At Work?

Over at Fieldnotes, Gideon Strauss is recounting some of his own remarkable vocational history – starting with his work as a conscientious objector under apartheid in South Africa – and reflecting on identity and belonging at work: In my late teens I made a conscientious objection against serving in the military of apartheid South Africa, and as a [Read More...]


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