Monthly Archives: September 2009

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Savior

About sixteen years ago, when I was teaching English at Cradle of Life Christian School in Haiti, a co-worker of mine regaled us one lunchtime with the frustrations of that morning’s lesson. Ruth, who like me was a first-year teacher … Continue reading

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Unfinished essay

There’s an old adage that once you explain a joke it ceases to be funny. It’s as though once you have laid bare the mechanics of humor, they cease to work. Once you lay all the cogs, gears, and belts … Continue reading

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The copy editor’s Bible

Dave: tonight I’m fighting the good fight for the gods of capitalization, punctuation, and grammar. I would fight for the goddess of clear writing, but I don’t think she wants anything to do with school reports. Indigo: stay the stylebook-approved … Continue reading

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Cownose rays saved my life

Indigo: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/raymigration.asp Dave: Wow. That is beautiful, and it may have just saved my life. Indigo: cownose rays can do that Dave: I believe it. Bet they never did this during the Bush administration, though. Indigo: bush’s administration was a … Continue reading

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Talk Like a Pirate Day

From “Medium Large”:

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‘The Nightmare of Christianity’

There’s an old saying, “Give the devil his due,” that means we should acknowledge what is right even in those who are wrong. Let’s take a moment to do the same with religion. Over at The Nation, writer Max Blumenthal … Continue reading

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Awakened by noisy children

Right now what I want more than anything is to drag my girls out of bed so they can see how they like it. Bedtime is 8:30. That’s a little tricky some times, particularly on nights when they have soccer, … Continue reading

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Band of Brothers

Brothers have a special way of relating to one another. Our culture uses the word brother to describe a close, unbreakable bond of friendship, but somehow we forget that Cain and Abel were brothers too. Sometimes I┬áthink God gave us … Continue reading

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‘The Battle for God’

This book is too ambitious to succeed, but it’s not for want of trying. In “The Battle for God,” author Karen Armstrong attempts to trace the rise of fundamentalism in the world’s three major monotheistic religions, beginning with the rise … Continue reading

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Questions that will (no longer) haunt you

I don’t know about anyone else, but I keep getting these lists of questions that are supposed to haunt me. Well, be haunted no more. I have taken it upon myself to do the research and find the answers to … Continue reading

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