Category: Recommended

Millennials, wind turbine syndrome and true love

Millennials don’t buy nearly the number of movies, albums, magazines or books that previous generations did. We’re fine subscribing to Netflix, watching YouTube, going to Spotify and reading online. We don’t need to own things;...

/ September 27, 2013

Desmond Tutu, a 93 year old riveter and an excellent primer on healthcare

Desmond Tutu was cool even before Pope Francis came along. This piece from the Financial Times is an intriguing look at the South African political/spiritual leader who is recognized by Jews and Gentiles alike as...

/ September 20, 2013

Putin’s letter to America, a response and how to apply for anything

Vladimir Putin has written a letter to the American public and it’s in The New York Times. A couple lines give me pause, but it’s well-put and worth reading.  On the other hand, here’s a...

/ September 13, 2013

The Struggler: A Novel

So far on Fridays, I’ve posted links to things I think are interesting, funny, cool, provocative, worth looking at. I want to do the same today — with extra emphasis — because it’s the work...

/ September 6, 2013

Gitmo’s library, Detroit’s stray dogs and capturing asteroids

For the last few years, I thought the feeling among academics and environmentalists was that nuclear energy was the way to go. That it is cleaner and safer and cheaper than coal or natural gas...

/ August 30, 2013

Arranged marriage in the US, elementary ed and Chicago-born words

“My parents chose my husband” — Here’s an interesting story about life in an arranged marriage in the United States. Debie Thomas is an American and was raised evangelical, but at 22 married almost a...

/ August 23, 2013

Tenure, pastoring and Ashton Kutcher

Generally, I think very highly of teachers. For all the work they put in, they should have some job security. But this Bloomberg article, “Old professors never quit, they just hang around,” raises some good...

/ August 16, 2013

Missed Connections, ‘Hunger Games’ camp and why the midwest is the smartest region

Everyone, everywhere, read this. It’s an incredible post on Brooklyn’s Missed Connections page on Craigslist. I wish I had written this. “At ‘Hunger Games’ camp, children want to fight to the ‘death.'” Here’s a kind of...

/ August 9, 2013

The Left’s moral majority, ET and social Darwinism

“The Rise of the Christian Left in America,” is a recent piece from The Atlantic. It does a good job illuminating the popular rise of the Christian Right’s “Moral Majority” in the latter decades of...

/ August 2, 2013

The importance of stupidity, singleness and Sunday school

“The importance of stupidity in scientific research,” in the Journal of Cell Science is an old article that will comfort any aspiring scientists. In fact, anyone who has ever felt lost, asked a question or...

/ July 26, 2013