Kate Deddens Dec 17, 2018

Shortly after I ventured into social media many years ago, I discovered this poem by Emily Dickinson:

I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! They’d advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one’s name – the livelong June –
To an admiring Bog!

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Josh Mayo Dec 14, 2018

What is Homer’s Odyssey about?

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Joshua Gibbs Dec 14, 2018

As a little child, I unreservedly loved Christmas, but about the time I entered high school, I often found myself depressed around the end of the year. Christmas break means far more free time than usual, and Idaho winters were typically harsh and bleak, which meant I usually spent that free time indoors, where there was little to inhibit endless self-reflection.

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Joshua Gibbs Dec 6, 2018

Come senior year, students ought to be reading the best books in the curriculum. Having arrived at the height of their intellectual powers, at least so far as high school is concerned, students should be diving into the books which will do them the most good over the spiritually disorienting four years which follow. Senior year, they ought to be reading Homer and Virgil, Milton, Plato, Dante, Augustine. Let us admit that there are classics and there are classics.

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Joshua Gibbs Dec 5, 2018

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Americans speak more about tradition than they do at any other time of the year. A great volume of traditions are fixed to December 25th than any other day in the calendar, and these traditions range from highly personal to ecclesiastical. Traditional foods should be prepared, traditional colors worn, traditional hymns sung, traditional stories read.

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Josh Mayo Dec 3, 2018

Occasionally, academics need a good lampooning. Perhaps often.

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Joshua Gibbs Dec 1, 2018

In my fourteen years as a teacher, I have received dozens of Starbucks gift cards from students, and let me say that I have loved each and every one of them. I never tire of coffee, especially coffee I do not have to pay for. I adore handmade Christmas presents, as well, and I can usually give a good home to cookies, candy, chocolate, and pumpkin bread. Once, for Christmas, a student gave me a banana-sized beanbag full of rice which could be warmed in a microwave, then hung around one’s neck for comfort and relaxation. It was an absolute delight.

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Kim Kirby Nov 30, 2018

“There’s no magic in this series.”

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Lindsey Brigham Knott Nov 28, 2018

Nothing focuses my anticipation and sustains my contemplation so well throughout the Advent season as do daily readings. In keeping with traditions set by my family when I was little, I find that beginning or ending each day with a time to ponder the mysteries of the Incarnation binds all the other festivities of parties, music, festal foods, and flashy colors together into meaningful jubilation, when otherwise they would fall apart in overwrought frenzy.

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Joshua Gibbs Nov 26, 2018

An obese man wants to lose weight. He hires a personal trainer and a nutritionist and informs them he wants to go from 300 pounds to 200. “I am willing to diet and exercise,” he tells them earnestly. The obese man purchases an expensive program with the personal trainer, whom he sees five days a week. The nutritionist advises the obese man on meal plans, and he begins eating grains for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and lean white meat and vegetables for dinner. He jogs a mile every morning, then works with his trainer at the gym for ninety minutes.

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