Is Internet Changing Television Content?

I grew up without television, excepting the occasional episode of The Andy Griffith Show, and as an adult I tried cable for a bit but dropped it, feeling choked by the undiscerning options. Now, when I want to watch something I use Hulu. I click off an episode the moment it becomes offensive and if…

Five Poems: Poem 5, Being the Last Day of the Week

For those who aren’t sure, ‘scythe’ and ‘withe’ are both pronounced with the short ‘i’ sound. Scythe is a large implement for cutting tall grass, and withe is a thin twine of natural grass used to bind things. While some poems are not meant to be handicap accessible, they may become easier if  one doesn’t…

Five Poems: Poem 4, Natura

In medieval poetry, Natura often appeared as a goddess (which to Christian medievals would have been a literary convention that allowed them to show the workings of nature as something divine, a sort of mask of God.) Natura If I had understood a thing of what my nature told to me I might have had…

Five Poems: Poem 2, Procession

Here’s where I tried my hand at a Tennyson homage. It came out fairly bitter. Procession A river ought to glitter – it’s a thing to shine the sun on. The river road at night is no safe place for folks to run on. Observe what’s parceled out, here on the cracked and graveled ground:…

Power and Obedience

So if every one is supposed to govern himself and his own affairs and not steal the power of others or cede his own power to someone else – what is obedience for? Christians particularly may wonder about this, given scriptural admonitions about obedience. Obedience is not giving your power to someone else and it…

Evil Thefts and Virtuous Expansions of Power

I suppose it’s natural that people who feel themselves powerless and ineffectual most of their lives would at some point begin to think about power. Josh and I have certainly begun to do so. There was a time when I would have scorned to think about power – my instincts are all for independence and…