Learning about Sainthood from Terry Pratchett #LittleAngelsReadUp

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Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, passed away today.  I'm encouraging other fans to celebrate his life and writing by giving a copy of one of his books to a friend and/or donating one to a school or library today.  I've made an image and hashtag to share below, if you'd like to join in.The first Pratchett I read was Small Gods (a standalone book in the Discworld series), which led me into the whole series.  My favorite characters to follow are Sam Vimes (of the Watch sub … [Read more...]

The Last 5 Years’s Primer on Loving Badly [Guest Post]

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Monique Ocampo recently joined the Patheos Catholic channel and is also a big fan of The Last 5 Years.  In the guest post below, she discusses what she learned from Cathy and Jamie's relationship. Time is a big theme in “The Last Five Years.” The original stage production shows a large clock on the set. It’s shown in “The Schmuel Song,” symbolized by Jamie’s story and the watch he gives her. Throughout the musical, Jamie can only think of the present moment while Cathy can only t … [Read more...]

Reaching Out through Retold Stories [Radio Readings]

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You can listen to “Fights in Good Faith,” my weekly radio program, streaming today at 5pm ET and tomorrow (Sun) at 1pm  The episode is now available to download/stream on demand.This week, Rosamund Hodge's Crimson Bound served as a jumping off point to talk about why I love reading retold stories.Every week, I put up a “Radio Readings” post, so you can track down the books, articles, and, (this week) fanfiction that I cite on the show. So, without further ado, here’s what I’m talking … [Read more...]

7QT: Moss Troll Ichor and Human Hearts

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--- 1 --- This week, I had a lot of fun reading an observational study of the rituals we've built up around our interactions with technology--what they tell us about how we understand our relationship with our devices and what they portend for designs to come.  I particularly enjoyed seeing one I frequently employ: The Security Pass Hip Bump, which I first noticed a former client doing repeatedly in the library building she worked in, is particularly enjoyable. It occurs when someone carries th … [Read more...]

Effective Altruism & Ethically Questionable Cookies

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Earlier this week, I linked to the Yale Effective Altruists' writeup of my visit (my radio program on Effective Altruism and Christian Charity is here).  Today, Slate Star Codex has a post up that's a nice encapsulation of my discomfort with the more totalizing part of EA. Peter Singer talks about widening circles of concern. First you move from total selfishness to an understanding that your friends and family are people just like you and need to be treated with respect and understanding. Then … [Read more...]

Life Lessons that Can’t be Taught at College’s Scale


In Ethika Politika, Margaret Blume explains why she's preferred her studies at Notre Dame to her undergrad years at Yale, my own alma mater.  Yale has distribution requirements (Writing, Science, Humanities, Quantitative Reasoning, etc), but no single course is required -- your math credit can come from econ or astronomy or set theory.  Blume found that the Chinese menu course of study left her and some of her classmates feeling ungrounded: Yale’s system, which does not include theology and is b … [Read more...]

The Word Gap Needs More Than Individual Effort

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I'm posting at Fare Forward today, talking about the word gap, and why solutions should include structural reform of work schedules, wages, and zoning -- not just increased effort from individual parents: Poorer children start falling behind the richer children in their age cohort long before they toddle off to their first day of school or sit down for their first standardized test. Before formal instruction begins, children learn from their parents. Poorer children fall into a “word gap”—they h … [Read more...]