When the mind just doesn’t want to work…

My brain's been on the back burner the past few days. No matter what I tried to do, it just wasn't going to work. Now, there were things I needed to do--and could, actually--outside, so it wasn't so bad and it wasn't a totally useless weekend. Today was supposed to be different, though. Today I … Continue reading When the mind just doesn’t want to work…

Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning, by Dan Barker

My Copy: 9781939578211 (image from bn.com) You can probably tell that the title is a bit of a reverse play on Rick Warren's best-selling Purpose Driven Life book, and is quite the reverse with it's outlook. Whereas that book insisted on religion as the foundation of our lives (specifically Christianity as he saw it), Barker … Continue reading Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning, by Dan Barker

Blitz Q: #111– What the heck is it supposed to mean when a Christian says, “it’s not a religion, it’s a relationship”?

This is one of those "whaaaa?" statements that's gone through my mind off and on the past few years. I don't recall hearing it when I was younger and more into church and all, but then again, I've forgotten a lot. I've heard this phrase a few times in recent years, more and more often … Continue reading Blitz Q: #111– What the heck is it supposed to mean when a Christian says, “it’s not a religion, it’s a relationship”?

An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, by Michael Ryan & Melissa Lenos

My Copy: 9780826430021 (image from Bloomsbury publishing, though there are two different covers, it seems) I'm not sure how long ago I bought this skinny textbook, but I've thumbed through it a few times for my master's thesis. I know that's the main reason I bought it. As someone wanting to learn more about film-making, … Continue reading An Introduction to Film Analysis: Technique and Meaning in Narrative Film, by Michael Ryan & Melissa Lenos

#060–What do we expect from American teenagers today?

I think this is one of those questions that's so damned simple til we really get thinking about it, kinda like the meaning of the word "freedom." What do we expect from our kids, from younger Millennials and the kids growing up today? Technically, I myself am a Millennial, but among the older ones (which … Continue reading #060–What do we expect from American teenagers today?

#055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?

I decided to rebel against this shit years ago, and my growing temper will make me keep it up. It hit me when I was a student teacher in the high school and had the classroom to myself for the first time. Well, one kid and his buddies decided to make my life a living … Continue reading #055–Why do we teach kids to say “I’m Sorry,” even if they don’t mean it, and that it makes everything okay?

#016–What did Bush II mean by “They hate us for our freedoms,” back in 2001?

We've got a trip into the way-back-when machine here, before the "catastrophuck" that is the America, early 2017 edition, but I can't help it. This phrase has been stuck in my head every time I think about Bush II/Dubya's administration. I always end up with this perplexed look on my face. When I first remembered … Continue reading #016–What did Bush II mean by “They hate us for our freedoms,” back in 2001?