Housekeeping Note

I just wanted to note for my regular readers that I never place adds on my blog. If you run into any, please ignore them as they do not help me in any way. Hopefully soon I will be able to pay for an add-free blog.

Help Me With My Word Search

I’m looking for a word whose definition I remember. The word refers to a teaching practice. When a teacher is introducing an extremely difficult subject that is really entirely beyond the abilities of her students, she may sometimes present introductory material that, from the perspective of an expert in that field, is not strictly correct.…

Poet’s Challenge: Fear No More the Heat of The Sun

It’s Tuesday the 20th of May, Anno Domini 2014. Having set myself a poet’s challenge, I present here my finished work. The challenge was to write a new poem based on Shakespeare’s “Fear No More the Heat of the Sun.” The rules in this challenge are simply that you must use the first line of…

Chesterton on Dickens

We are trying to get at G. K. Chesterton’s characteristic approach to what we call stereotype and what he called a vulgar joke or an established theme. But before we get into Chesterton, a word from our friendly neigborhood etymological dictionary. stereotype (n.) 1798, “method of printing from a plate,” from French stéréotype (adj.) “printed by means of a…

An Example of Local Craft

An Example of Local Craft So, a while ago I posted this link to my sister’s shop, and then she stopped making things for a while, to go to school. But now she’s back at it and I am so excited by the beautiful work she and her husband are doing that I wanted to…