An Iowan’s thoughts the morning after the 2020 Caucus

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Last night I and thousands of Iowans like me participated in the Democratic Party caucus. After three chaotic years of a Trump presidency and more than a year of non-stop campaigning in our state, it felt good to get on with things. Regardless of the result, we know the ads will stop for at least […]

Journalism I’m Supporting, January 2020

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Good journalism is one of those things everybody wants to have available to benefit from, but fewer are interested in paying for. I’m hardly a paragon of virtue in this regard, but I have gotten to the point where there are several journalistic establishments or efforts that I’m happy to support via paid subscriptions. Currently […]

Slow Reading

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After reading more than 80 books in 2019, there’s a part of me that is getting a little squirmy knowing that it’s two weeks into January and I haven’t completed a single book yet this year. But there’s a good reason for that. (It’s not that I haven’t been reading…) I’ve had Charles Taylor’s A […]

2019 Reading in Review

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The beginning of a new year means a quick look back first at last year’s reading in review. (Some people put these lists out at the end of the year… I’m still adding books to the list until the very end, so New Year’s Day it is!) I’ve posted a few compendiums (compendia?) through the […]

Knives Out

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Took the family to see Rian Johnson’s latest film, Knives Out, this afternoon. I know Johnson is a big-name filmmaker at this point – writing and directing an episode of the Star Wars franchise will do that for you. But I still feel like I knew him back when, thanks to the guys on the […]

Frozen II: A Very 2019 Movie

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It’s been just long enough since the original Frozen came out, and my girls have aged just enough, that we didn’t end up at the theater on opening night for Frozen II. But by Sunday afternoon we decided to brave the horde of preschoolers and their parents. The older two probably felt a little too […]

2019 Reading, Compendium #5

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A High View of Scripture? The Authority of the Bible and the Formation of the New Testament Canon by Craig D. AllertSee my prior review here. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill BrysonA quick engaging read. But honestly, Bryson’s prose is so breezy and clever that I’m inclined to distrust it. Directorate S: […]

In The Shelter: Naming the Gadarene Demoniac

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I’m currently reading Pádraig Ó Tuama‘s wonderful In the Shelter: Finding a Home In the World. His reading of this bit of the story about the Gadarene Demoniac from Mark 5 took my breath away: Jesus asks him what his name is. The man answers: ‘ My name is Legion, for we are many.’ This […]