The Ten Weeks: Week Eight (31 January-6 February): Before Texting, We Actually Had to Talk on the Phone

The setting of the novel The Ten Weeks was exactly forty years ago. This is one of a series of excerpts from the novel, one for each week (except for Weeks Two and Three, which were combined). Click here for more information on the book, including the new e-book version. Alemara Academy was a little …

Gays and Muslims: The Collision Course Finally Collides

In the UK, we have this: And when that Independent article was written, just two Muslims had been charged with stirring up 'hatred' for handing out leaflets outside a mosque suggesting that gay people should be executed. Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, were accused of handing out a leaflet entitled 'The Death Penalty?', …

Some Thoughts on Happiness

From my Month of Sundays devotional booklet: …as is taught in the glorious Good News of the ever-blessed God, with which I was entrusted. — 1 Timothy 1:11 Blessed…we hear that expression so many times. We tell people to “Be blessed…” and hopefully people tell us that too. (The Wiccans turn that around and greet …

The Difference Between Then and Now on the "Sputnik Moment"

Barack Obama is, to some extent, correct on this: This is our generation’s Sputnik moment. Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space Race. In a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps …

Why I Never Joined a Catholic Charismatic Covenant Community

One of the more rewarding parts of internet life I’ve been involved in is music blogging.  Although sites such as The Ancient Star Song are by far more active in the field, I’ve done a few albums here.  In the process I’ve had the honour to establish (or re-establish) contact with the artists of the …

The Ten Weeks: Week Seven (24-30 January): Two Blondes Explore Islam

The setting of the novel The Ten Weeks was exactly forty years ago. This is one of a series of excerpts from the novel, one for each week (except for Weeks Two and Three, which were combined). Click here for more information on the book, including the new e-book version. She looked over at her …

Leaders Don't Set Agendas. Bureaucrats and Lawyers Do.

In the middle of an excellent article on the nature of the "best and brightest" of American students, Heather Wilson makes this observation: When asked what are the important things for a leader to be able to do, one young applicant described some techniques and personal characteristics to manage a group and get a job …

Steve Cohen Gets Blowback on Nazi Comments

You know you're in trouble when Abraham Foxman of the ADL goes after you on something like this: Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen apologized for remarks that linked Republican attacks on President Obama's health care law to Nazi propaganda, saying he didn't intend to offend anyone. "I want to be clear that I never called Republicans …

Will We See Another Steve Jobs?

Rich Jaroslovsky's assessment that Steve Jobs is another Edison or Ford is right: Lacking information about Jobs’s latest illness, questions have focused on what his absence will mean for Apple. How deep is the management team that will run things while he’s on medical leave? What will the impact be on a stock price that’s …

China Brings Confucius Back Into the Pantheon

The significance of this isn't lost to those of us who have visited the Tian An Men Square: In a ritual equal only to that of the church, last week China placed a statue of Confucius in its political heart, Tiananmen Square, before Mao Zedong's portrait and near the modern obelisk to the People's Heroes, …

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