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”

Pearls of Wisdom? …or Hopeless Mess?

I like wisdom, and I like to collect pieces of it. I try to collect them and string them together here in this blog, but I think it’s more like a jumbled mess of a jewelry box.

Another stream of consciousness exercise. Let’s see what comes out. Don’t expect anything earth-shattering, here. Six random words: enter brother pearl disintegration destiny great. Continue reading “Pearls of Wisdom? …or Hopeless Mess?”

Against Consumerism

Life isn’t about the things that you buy, it’s about the experiences that you have, the character you build for yourself, what you can learn about our world, and the mark you can leave behind.

This is a stream of consciousness exercise. Let’s see what comes out. Don’t expect anything earth-shattering, here. Continue reading “Against Consumerism”

Group Study: The Existence of God

This is the beginning of a 2-part series (within each part there will be separate for/against threads). Here are the topics:

  • 1.A) Give me your best argument FOR the existence of god.
  • 1.B) Refute/Give me your best argument AGAINST the existence of god.
  • 2.A) Assuming god exists, give me your best argument that Christianity IS true.
  • 2.B) Assuming god exists, refute/give me your best argument that Christianity IS NOT true.

Continue reading “Group Study: The Existence of God”

Lectures on Personality by Jordan Peterson—#2 Mythological Representations

I’m hopelessly addicted to Jordan Peterson’s lectures. What follows is a distillation of some of the ideas that I’m hearing from him, and I can in no way take credit for any of these ideas. My way of processing information is to listen, take notes, and internalize the content. My goal is to be able to intelligently summarize these ideas for other people in conversation.  Continue reading “Lectures on Personality by Jordan Peterson—#2 Mythological Representations”

One Year of Recipes for Lazy Cheapskates

Eliminate the hassle of planning meals for an entire year.

This is the third 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 nutritious meals on the table. Allow me to complain for a brief moment before I give you my introduction and list of recipes. Continue reading “One Year of Recipes for Lazy Cheapskates”