Being Pulled Through the Knothole: David Brooks on Paradox & Presence

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There’s a phrase used to describe the experience of intense or traumatic life events that leave us forever changed. “Being pulled through the knothole,” means going through a situation so singularly intense that many of the beliefs and assumptions we clung to before we were pulled through the knothole, simply fall away when we get [Read More...]

Sign Language Interpreter from Mandela’s Funeral – What Was He Actually Saying?: A Little Friday Funny

In case you haven’t heard about it, news agencies have been reporting that a man posing as a sign-language interpreter was on stage during Nelson Mandela’s funeral this week, standing next to heads of state including President Obama. Only problem is that he didn’t really know sign language and wasn’t signing their remarks. The story [Read More...]

How King’s Immortal “I Have a Dream” Almost Never Happened

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As I read through the articles on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech from 50 years ago today, I was fascinated by the account in The New York Times. It told a story from the platform that I had never heard before. Dr. King was about halfway through his prepared [Read More...]

The Princeton “MRS. Degree” – I Thought Only Christian Colleges Struggled With This

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When I was getting my undergraduate degree at KSU back in the late 80s, I had a few friends from neighboring Manhattan Christian College. The running joke, many decades old even at that time I’m sure, was that many female students on their campus seemed a little less interested in getting an education than finding [Read More...]


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