Fact-Review Day

It’s always interesting to see a ferocious T-type conservative leveling rapiers at – what – rich business types? Meanwhile, the tv show Roseanne was never something I even tried to watch – Frasier was more interesting to me – but the recent kerfluffle made me pretty sick because it involved taking a bunch of people’s…

Idea for Today

In the news yesterday and today, several stories appeared about some research done in the UK and in the Netherlands. According to this research, the famous Flynn effect has been reversed, and IQ’s have been falling, worldwide it is assumed, since the 19070’s. Curious thing, that. We thought we were getting smarter. We thought maybe…

Isaac

Early this February I made my eldest son, Ian (11 Years old) very happy by FINALLY!!! (emphasis original) giving him a brother. We’ve named the most recent manchild for Isaac of Ninevah. A few other Isaacs crept into consideration as well. (We’d been having some fun with a certain foundation trilogy.) A few months before…

Paschal Forgiveness

For Eastern Orthodox Christians, Pascha is a yearly Jubilee of forgiveness. It is too easy to make the mistake of thinking that forgiveness is a feeling, or perhaps a lack of a feeling. We often think that if we still feel resentful toward someone, we have not forgiven them. And it is true that resentful…

Poetry Challenge 15: Petrarchan Sonnet

Over at the AcadLit General Forum, our Poetry Challenge 15 has officially opened for participation. Challenges remain open forever! Submit a Petrarchan Sonnet for the admiration, enjoyment, and critical exercise of your fellow traditional poets. Membership in the forum is free; you just have to answer a brief question about being more or less in…

Poetry Challenge 14: I Will Arise and Go Now

Since our several attempts have proved futile, I’ve decided to make like a hotel elevator and skip 13. Our Poetry Challenge 14 has just opened up! Instead of hosting the challenges here on my personal blog, we’ll now be hosting them at our Academy of Inventive Literature forum. It’s hosted, in turn, by Google Groups…