Critical Thinking Crash Course with Peter Boghossian

Being humble about what one claims to know goes a long way. If someone asks you a question and you don’t know the answer, you say “I don’t know.”

I enjoyed this extremely short, well-organized, and dense lecture on critical thinking from Peter Boghossian. I’ve listened to the first part of it many times in order to internalize the content, and I am going to take notes on here so that I can retain and repeat it down the road.

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The Golden Bird | The Brothers Grimm

“Close by it stands a beautiful golden cage; but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one.”

Length: 2500 words; 16 minutes.

A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. Continue reading “The Golden Bird | The Brothers Grimm”

A Workout Plan for Lazy People

A customized ass-kicking no matter what level you’re at: a wimp like me, or a seasoned gym rat.

It all started when a close male friend of mine texted me, “Want to do something that involves a lot of sweating and grunting?” Dubious, I replied “…sure? Like what–hauling bags of water softener salt?” 😉 He proceeded to throw down the gauntlet and challenge me to a workout routine that could be followed through our phones. It was a great success.

This is the second part of a trio of blog posts on weight loss, food, and working out. I am a lazy cheapskate, and that makes it really difficult for me to get to the gym. Allow me to complain for a brief moment before I reveal the phone app solution we used. Continue reading “A Workout Plan for Lazy People”

The Traveling Musicians | The Brothers Grimm

“The donkey brayed, the dog barked, the cat mewed, and the cock screamed.”

This is a continuation of my “Secular Lessons“.

This is a funny little story about teamwork and farm animals–from the Brothers Grimm, “The Traveling Musicians”. Continue reading “The Traveling Musicians | The Brothers Grimm”

Bottling Up Sparkly Snow

It’s one of those moments in life that just has to be cherished as-is, because you can’t really properly take a picture of it, or scoop it up and put it in your pocket.

I’m going to try a new way of writing for my blog. It’s a “stream of consciousness” with six word prompts. I will go to this website at least twice a week, get random words and then I will write for at least 5 minutes. If I’m feeling the “flow” of words I’ll keep going until I run out of words. I will publish just about anything as long as it’s not inappropriate! My rules, my blog, after all.

Let’s see what comes out. Don’t expect anything earth-shattering, here. Continue reading “Bottling Up Sparkly Snow”

Article Breakdown: Blaming Reagan

Article Breakdown For: My students pay too much for college. Blame Reagan.

Article’s Main Point

“State support for higher education has steadily declined since Reagan” …therefore it’s Reagan’s fault? (implied by the title)

It’s interesting the way the writer worded  his argument in the article, because it does not actually reflect the title of the piece. I think that it might be fair (and true) to simply say that “State support for higher education has steadily declined since Reagan” but it’s harder to prove that he alone is to blame. Continue reading “Article Breakdown: Blaming Reagan”

How to Build a Castle

From repairing a well to building a chapel window–all the basics are here.

A friend of mine recommended this documentary series on a group of folks building a medieval castle in France. I am totally hooked. I would love to join these guys for a few weeks to help them build this castle. I’d literally be working my ass off, but it would be so neat! Continue reading “How to Build a Castle”

Hansel & Gretel | The Brothers Grimm

Hansel & Gretel

Length: 1500 words, 9 minutes

Hansel one day took his sister Gretel by the hand, and said, ‘Since our poor mother died we have had no happy days; for our new mother beats us all day long; and when we go near her, she pushes us away. We have nothing but hard crusts to eat; and the little dog that lies by the fire is better off than we, for he sometimes has a nice piece of meat thrown to him. Heaven have mercy upon us! Oh, if our poor mother knew how we are used! Come, we will go and travel over the wide world.’ Continue reading “Hansel & Gretel | The Brothers Grimm”