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Book Review: Haiku (Poetry Basics)

Haiku (Poetry Basics), by Valerie Bodden This book does not exaggerate when it calls itself a basic poetry book.  This book is the very embodiment of basic, and can be read profitably by even an elementary school reader who has … Continue reading

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A Thin Line Between Awkward And Cool

I have spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out what it is that is most bothersome about contemporary ideas of coolness and the elitism of hipsters.  After all, although I have never been a particularly cool person, … Continue reading

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A Fine Line Between Hygge And Sanuk

When I lived in Thailand from May 2011 to September 2012, I became very familiar with the mentality of the Thais when it came to sanuk, which is their word for fun.  Throughout most of my life, I have labored … Continue reading

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Even Ivy Is A Parasite

A group of colleges in New England and the Middle Atlantic states dating back to colonial times call themselves the Ivy League.  As a symbol, ivy represents something that is old, perhaps even venerable, and that has a great deal … Continue reading

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Being Self-Aware About Virtue Signalling

In his fantastic book Vision Of The Anointed, noted economist and political thinker Thomas Sowell commented that all left-wing causes end up in some kind of virtue signalling by which generally immoral leftists nevertheless continually seek to present themselves as … Continue reading

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Death Race For Love

Do celebrity deaths matter?  Today, as I write this, I have two celebrity deaths in my mind.  The first is of rapper JuiceWRLD, a 21-year old who had made two reasonably successful pop albums and had achieved some chart success … Continue reading

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What Makes You Basic

Last night at our congregation’s annual variety show, I was among three people chosen to embarrass ourselves answering questions Jeopardy-style for the amusement of the people in our congregation.  As it happens, the last category to be chosen involved postmodern … Continue reading

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To Live And Die In Chattanooga

Recently I was watching a let’s play video for a historical simulation game and an advertisement for Masterclass came on.  Although I have never taken any of these I find the advertisements interesting enough to watch, and this particular one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Free To Believe

Free To Believe:  The Battle Over Religious Liberty In America, by Luke Goodrich [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Multnomah/Waterbrook Press.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This is the sort of book that is easy … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dictionary Of Gestures

Dictionary Of Gestures:  Expressive Comportments And Movements In Use Around The World, by François Caradec, illustrated by Philippe Cousin, translated by Chris Clarke This was not as good a book as I hoped it would be.  Like many people, I … Continue reading

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