Christine Norvell Jan 7, 2021

December 25, 1956, New York City

It was Harper Lee’s seventh year away from home in Alabama. When she wasn’t working at her job as an airline reservation agent, she wrote fiction. She never expected to make a living from it.

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James E. Hartley Jan 5, 2021

Quiz: Name the five most influential philosophy books in Western Civilization. Go ahead, make your list. Don’t worry if you are not an expert in the history of philosophy. Just name the five most influential philosophy books of which you have heard.

There are a lot of viable candidates for that list of five. The number of possible lists is vast. But there is one book that, while it should be on everyone’s list, would show up on very few lists unless mentioned in advance. What is this most important work of philosophy that nobody remembers to list? The Bible.

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Brittany Martin Dec 22, 2020

Many moons ago, during my undergraduate days at a state university, I decided to discuss my Creationist views with my chemistry professor.  After he informed me that I was brainwashed and headed for a dead-end career if I didn’t accept evolution, he asked me how I defined science.  I repeated the answer I had been taught, that science is the study of observable and reproducible phenomena in the natural world.  To this answer he laughed and said I was, “so 19th century.”  This answer entirely befuddled me…wasn’t he the Darwinist?  Wasn’t he the one who was “so 19th century?”  I spent 20 year

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Zach Sherman Dec 17, 2020

If you ask a bleary-eyed high school teacher how things are going at school, he’ll likely mention grades within a few sentences. "Grades were due last night and I’m spent”... “I was up late emailing a parent about a grade.”  Scores of teachers burn out of the classroom every year, many of them citing the grading load. And there is nothing quite like the existential despair that grips a man when he looks at a stack of 100 essays that he knows he must grade. 

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Annie Crawford Dec 15, 2020

My husband and I have spent more time walking in our neighborhood together since March of 2020, when much of our city shut down. Rooting ourselves more deeply to home and place has been an unexpected blessing. 

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Ryan Klein Dec 10, 2020

As I sat at my desk one evening grading papers, I got stuck on a poem. It was the final paper in a stack I’d been working on for nine hours. I stared and stared at it. I read it aloud once, twice, three times. I counted the syllables in each line. I wrote out the rhyme scheme. I walked away and came back. I read it aloud again. And I just could not tell what it was saying. 

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James Ranieri Dec 8, 2020

“Knowledge is power” is a quote often attributed to Francis Bacon, and its sentiment is responsible for much of the dissolution of our modern souls. 

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Karen Harris Dec 3, 2020

Through repentance one begins to learn the beauty of mathematics, and that process brings order and freedom. J.R.R. Tolkein said, “The essence of education is repentance.” It seems that, among other educational disciplines, the process of learning mathematics is uniquely humbling. One begins, teacher or student, with the humiliation of ignorance - I do not know what to do, nor how to do it. We naturally fight against anything that reveals either what we do not know or what we cannot understand.

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Julie Malecki Dec 1, 2020

Homeschooling is hard. Mothering is hard. Sometimes, life is hard. For some time, I have felt called to reach out to mothers of teens to speak encouragement, breathe life and bolster courage in their hearts, and mine. I searched many quotations looking for the right words and couldn’t find what I was looking for until these words popped into my head one Saturday morning as I watched The Crown with my sick husband. “Once more unto the breach, my friends.” I thought it was a Winston Churchill quote but…it’s Shakespeare!

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Travis Copeland Nov 25, 2020

Wonder is one of the great delights in literature. It is invoked when a reader must struggle to distinguish between the imaginative and reality. One of literature’s wonders is its ability to draw attention to ordinary things with new alluring light. Long walks, small conversations, little annoyances and desires, and hospitality’s eating and drinking are all wonderfully common things in literature. The stuff of everyday life draws our imaginations into the larger tale.

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