Photo by Valerie Finnis HT: Matt Crutchmer … [Read more...] about Tolkien Looking at Plants
Some great words. Not perfect, of course...wait a second. via Sally Lloyd-Jones … [Read more...] about Perfection vs. Done
More dragons on the earth? This legend has intrigued me for years. It has many elements I love, including an African setting. --Sam From the BBC... In the 1980s, Dr Mackal led two expedition teams to the vast Likouala swamp and rainforest area of the Congo which is inhabited by pygmies, on the hunt for this mystery creature - Africa's version of Scotland's Loch Ness Monster. The … [Read more...] about Here (Also) There Be…
Here in West Virginia, we are mourning the loss of former coach Bill Stewart, a native son who loved his home. He died Tuesday of a heart attack at the age of 59. He leaves behind a wife he regularly and affectionately referred to as, "My Bride," and a son who is a junior in high school. He left no doubt that he loved his family, his state, and was universally praised as the friendliest coach … [Read more...] about “Don’t leave your wingman! Don’t ever, ever, ever bail out on your brother…Leave no doubt!”
During World War II my Papaw picked up a Jerome K. Jerome book in England called Idle Thought of an Idle Fellow. In my teen years, he shared it with me, saying it was the funniest thing he'd ever read. I read it, confirming my ancest-editorial position. Jerome K. Jerome was indeed a brilliant English humorist. JK is the original LOLer. My Papaw searched in vain in those days to find anything … [Read more...] about Humorist Jerome K. Jerome Worth A Read
My son plays happily. He flits easily between two worlds, the world that is and the world he imagines. His conversation assumes the extraordinary. His play is an adventure in make believe. How like faith. Perhaps nothing is more like faith than play. This “admission” would no doubt make Christians raised in an era of apologetic zeal begin to sweat. It may also delight anti-theist scolds, those … [Read more...] about Make Believe Makes Believers
Maybe so. This helpful story compares the famous brand, which gives a pair of shoes to the needy when you buy a pair for yourself, to a company which is working to support jobs and industry in Africa. From the article in Good Business (thanks, Kirsten Joyner): “At Oliberté, we believe Africa can compete on a global scale,” he says, “but it needs a chance. It doesn’t need handouts or a hand up. … [Read more...] about Sure, it’s Cool. But Does Buying TOMS Shoes Contribute to Dependency/Failure in Africa?
People the world over sing this song to bring in the New Year. Here's a little story Denny Burk ganked on why and (a little on) what it really means. Here's Wikipedia's crack at it. Do people know what it means when they sing it? Do they understand the words? My view of that song is this: You don't have to know all the words to Auld Lang Syne, or even know exactly what they mean. Just listen to … [Read more...] about Auld Lang Syne means what? (I think we all know.)
I had been a good boy and not posted about my beloved Mountaineers of my beloved home state, West Virginia, all year (I think). That might have something to do with them under-performing, but also because I try not to make this blog just about whatever I love. I don't want it to be the internet equivalent of my family vacation home-movies. But, I can't help this one. It's Pitt vs. West … [Read more...] about West Virginia Wins (Final?) Backyard Brawl
Wow. One of the many, many, many reasons soccer is the Beautiful Game: Goals like this... HT: @espn … [Read more...] about How Do You Say “Amazing Goal” in French?
This father wrote an instructive note to his son on V.E. Day...on Hitler's stationary. Thank you, Veterans. Dear Dennis, The man who might have written on this card once controlled Europe – three short years ago when you were born. Today he is dead, his memory despised, his country in ruins. He had a thirst for power, a low opinion of man as an individual, and a fear of intellectual honesty. He … [Read more...] about My Son, Do Not Forget…