Category: Musing

CultureMusingPolitics

About Those Violent Campus Protests

I like what National Review's David French has to say about the recent violent protests at UC Berkeley. Though I would probably be more sympathetic to the difference between protesters and rioters, I think French is exactly right on two important points. First, no rhetoric, no matter how incendiary, no matter how offensive, merits physical violence…

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CultureLifeMusingPop culture

Dreams Can Break Your Heart

My wife and I saw La La Land last night. I found it dazzlingly entertaining, and even more than a bit moving. Emma Stone fully deserves her Oscar nomination (Ryan Gosling was fine, but his performance has been overrated). I think it's one of my favorite films from last year. I was genuinely surprised by the…

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LifeMusingPop culture

The Thrill Is Gone

Some scattered thoughts about that Sherlock finale....[warning: possible spoilers ahead] To me, the whole of season 4 has been a scattered, hokey, delight-scarce mess. "The Final Problem" epitomized that characterization. Yes, it was interesting, in the same way that lots of lousy books get finished by virtue of sheer, morbid curiosity. But there was just…

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MusingPop culture

Social Media Resolutions for 2017

I will be less cynical. Sarcasm and withering criticism are to social media what static is to AM radio. There's no need for one more person's trying too hard to be funny. I won't start or join a "pile-on." If I wouldn't publicly shame a person in real life, I shouldn't do it online. I will tweet…

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LifeMusingTheology

Disappointed By Christmas

I've heard several people say the days and weeks after Christmas are one of the sadder and more melancholy times of the year for them. True for me as well. My parents have told me that when I was younger they watched as I emotionally primed myself for Christmas Day, only to seem sad and distant after…

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CultureMusingQuotes

C.S. Lewis on Christmas Gifts

From "What Christmas Means to Me" ...the idea that not only all friends but even all acquaintances should give one another presents, or at least send one another cards, is quite modern and has been forced upon us by the shopkeepers. Neither of these circumstances is in itself a reason for condemning it. I condemn…

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BooksLifeMusingQuotes

The Threat to Reading

One of the most widely quoted sentences of Sir Francis Bacon--it comes from his essay "Of Studies"--concerns the reading of books: "Some books are to be tasted, others are to be swallowed and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read,…

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LifeMusingTheology

Christmas and the Wrong Side of History

When you think about it, nearly everyone and everything connected to the first Christmas was on the wrong side of history. Zechariah and Elizabeth were on the wrong side of history for sure. They were an elderly Jewish couple, living in an occupied land. They had no platform, no political clout. Even worse–they had no…

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