Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Frederick, the former pirate, sees young ladies for the first time, and realizes |
that his elderly nurse, Ruth, is not nearly as lovely as he once assumed.
Image from here.
“Don Jon is a bold contribution to a recent trend in entertainment, giving audiences a real—and grim—snapshot of 21st-century relationships.... It’s as if sex is no longer sexy in pop culture. What was once a warm and alluring mystery is now a cold, anatomical display. If intimacy is dead, porn may have killed it.” READ THE ARTICLE.
“One way that psychologists have found to test whether something is seen as an object is by turning it upside down. Pictures of people present a recognition problem when they’re turned upside down, but pictures of objects don’t have that problem. So Bernard and his colleagues used a test where they presented pictures of men and women in sexualized poses, wearing underwear....“People recognized right-side-up men better than upside-down men, suggesting that they were seeing the sexualized men as people. But the women in underwear weren’t any harder to recognize when they were upside down—which is consistent with the idea that people see sexy women as objects. There was no difference between male and female participants.” READ THE PRESS RELEASE.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.”
Friday, November 15, 2013
Fashion Was Easier When Women Wore Corsets, and Other Historical Tidbits: 7 Quick Takes (Volume VII)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
“As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.” Izaak Walton in The Compleat Angler, or the Contemplative Man's Recreation (1653)
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Lots has happened this week!
1. My article, Facebook Mobs and the Death of Individuality, is available to be read in the Federalist.
2. My little son was born and is doing well (8 pounds, 11 ounces). Naturally, we find him breathtakingly adorable.
3. The preemptive notice: if I don't answer your comment, it's the baby's fault. It will also be his fault if next Tuesday's post is delayed. :-)
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
This article is part of a three-part series. Please read a Summary of the Project.
Part I, “Are Homeschoolers Raising Judgmental Twerps?” looks at the issue of judgmentalism and argues that it is a real problem of which Christians parents should be aware and wary.
Part II, below, looks at specific pitfalls of parenting that seem to lead to fearful judmentalism and moralism. I realize that some parents err on the opposite side by failing to take the temptations of the world seriously or to focus on guiding their children in truth. This blog post is not addressed to them. Again, as I said in the summary of the project, I am writing from the assumption that homeschooling is a fantastic parenting option even though it is imperfect (nothing on earth is perfect).
Part III, which will appear next Tuesday, looks at the positive side of how parents have raised kind, secure, pleasant children who love truth.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
In this series, I discuss a concern that I've lately heard expressed by veteran homeschoolers and homeschool graduates. Part I examines the issue of fearful and prideful judgmentalism, and argues that it is a problem of which Christians (especially Christian homeschoolers) should be both aware and wary. Part II looks at parenting choices that can exacerbate or cause this problem and discusses reasons why parents fall into those traps. Part III looks at what parents have done to raise pleasant, successful children who are able to speak the truth in love and to remain faithful to their values without fearing or mocking others. My research included contacting a range of homeschool graduates in their twenties and thirties. They gave me fantastic advice and insights that I am eager to share. Note: I am writing from the assumption that homeschoolers have already proven themselves both academically and socially, and that home education is a wonderful parenting option.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Is Halloween too pagan for Christians? I have no opinion about whether or not anyone else's family should celebrate the day (growing up, my family did not) but I do recommend a fascinating look the holiday's origins.
Pastor Abrahamson points out the surprisingly modern sources of "pagan" Halloween elements and challenges us not to believe everything that that Wiccans and Neopagans claim (Halloween doesn't actually have a valid pagan history, much as they would like to believe that it does). He also encourages Christians not to abandon celebrating significant days in the Church Year.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
“If you find that the reader of popular romance— however uneducated a reader, however bad the romances—goes back to his old favourites again and again, then you have pretty good evidence that they are to him a sort of poetry.” C.S. Lewis
After all it cost me nothing and at the time I was particularly hard up and it gave me pleasure to spend his fortune for him. When I was dissatisfied with my single unfurnished room I took a luxurious flat for him in Piccadilly. When my cheap rug got a hole in it, I ordered him an Aubusson carpet. When I had no money to pay my bus fare I presented him with a Daimler double-six, upholstered in a style of sober magnificence, and when I felt dull I let him drive it. I can heartily recommend this inexpensive way of furnishing to all who are discontented with their incomes. It relieves the mind and does no harm to anybody.