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preservations… for posterity

Sucky life leads to sadness

One blogger alleges that most people are depressed for a very good reason. The thesis is that it’s normal to be sad when your life sucks. It’s strange to nod my head in agreement while I simultaneously feel a little defensive. Continue reading


April 28, 2007 Posted by | anti-depressants, anxiety, blogging, depression, health, introspection, self, self-actualization | 1 Comment

I drop my guard and ten-foot pole

I don’t get into discussions about abortion. It’s a hot-button issue where no one is going to have their minds changed. So, why bother getting all riled up? I’ve only had one or two successfulconversations about the topic, the kind that leave you thinking “hmmm…”

That said, I found an interesting article about a woman who had an abortion when she was six-months pregnant. She desperately wanted the twins she was carrying, but in the end she made a choice to abort. It’s an interesting story. Read it.

April 19, 2007 Posted by | childbirth, health, politics, women's health | 1 Comment

Eloquence where you wouldn’t expect it

Awhile ago I stumbled upon a GQ article about a guy who travelled to a large Christian rock music festival to see what all the fuss was about. I’ve heard of these festivals before, they’re kind of a Christian version of Woodstock. Hoards of kids converge in a rural location to hang out and listen to music. Sounds like it could be fun, and an interesting enough phenomena that someone should cover it, right?

Enter John Jeremiah Sullivan. His article, cleverly entitled “Upon This Rock“, starts the way you’d expect. It’s self-deprecating and tongue in cheek as the author describes his experience road tripping by himself in a 29-foot RV. The first half of the article continues as a fun story with witty observations about a religious culture that many people are ignorant of. Continue reading

April 19, 2007 Posted by | christianity, culture, philosophy, religion, theology | Comments Off on Eloquence where you wouldn’t expect it

Taste, Swallow, Digest

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Francis Bacon

I’ve been mourning a loss of classical literature for some time. Not since my early undergrad days have I experienced the brilliance of the classics. Eight years later and I still have my syllabus and notes from my last such experience, a World Literature course “which explore[d] human experience by examining diverse aesthetic and cultural perspectives from ancient to modern times.” The texts that we read that semester Continue reading

April 15, 2007 Posted by | books, classics, education, literature, logic, rhetoric, self-education, trivium | 1 Comment