27 May 2016
03 May 2016
Here's a cute but important little video about the difference between sympathy and empathy from Dr. Brene Brown.
18 April 2016
I'm not in the habit of doing Top Five lists anymore like I used to on this blog. However, it seems like without my meaning it to, it has become a tradition at some point each year to share the music I'm listening to while grading papers.
Music for Grading
More Music for Grading
Still More Music for Grading
So here's what's on my playlist this year. I guess my musical taste hasn't changed much here.
1. Andrew Peterson, The Burning Edge of Dawn
Someday Andrew Peterson will release a new cd that doesn't make my cry like a little baby when I listen to it. But this isn't the one. Powerful, painful, and lovely.
2. Jon Foreman, Sunlight and Shadows
3. Jon Foreman, Darkness and Dawn
Jon Foreman called these four cds "The Wonderlands". There are 6 songs per cd, 25 songs in all (okay, so one cd actually has 7 songs), each song corresponding to an hour of the day.
4. Randall Goodgame, War and Peace
Charlie Brown, Harry Truman, Pope Joan.. what sort of album is this? It's funny sometimes. And sad. (The title is "War and Peace" after all.)
5. M. Ward More Rain
M. Ward is always great music for relaxing.
14 April 2016
07 April 2016
I am currently reading, and very much enjoying, Rodney Stark's book The
Victory of Reason. In the chapter I'm on right now, he attempts to show
that, far from being a hindrance to the development of science, Christianity in
the Middle Ages laid the groundwork without which science could not have
"Not only were science and religion compatible, they were inseparable—the rise of science was achieved by deeply religious Christian scholars.”
He explains why this is the case:
“The rise of science…was the natural outgrowth of Christian doctrine: nature exists because it was created by God. In order to love and honor God, it is necessary to fully appreciate the wonders of his handiwork. Because God is perfect, his handiwork functions in accord with immutable principles. By the full use of our God-given powers of reason and observation, it ought to be possible to discover these principles.
There were the crucial ideas that explain why science arose in Christian Europe and nowhere else.”
06 March 2016
18 February 2016
09 February 2016
Runners Up: These books couldn't be considered the greatest I've read this year, but they were both good in their own ways. Last Call by Tim Powers combined the feeling of a Charles Williams novel with Las Vegas gangsters, Tarot cards, and Arthurian Legend. The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter was a fun science fiction romp in and of itself, but the way it juggled and subverted so many common sci-fi tropes was great!
Cambridge Latin Course 1 by Ed Phinney
This book doesn't rate as a best book in any of the categories. However, I was trying to learn Latin this past year and I read it. Each chapter tells part of a story about a family living in Pompeii. The father Caecilius, his wife Metella, and the rest of their family perish at the end of the book when Mt. Vesuvius erupts. Pretty sad ending for a kids' Latin book. Shortly after reading this book, my wife and I got into Doctor Who (and by "got into" I mean "quickly became rabid fans of, and binge watched"). So imagine my happiness when it turns out that Caecilus and his family actually made it out of Pompeii after all! :)
And, as always, here are the books I read this year:
06 February 2016
31 January 2016
|The aptly named "murder stroke"|
|Smacked with a pommel.|
|Death by shield.|
|This is not how I expected this day to end...|