Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday Good Reads

David and Amber Lapp wrote an article about the story the media, the political parties, the church, and just about everyone else missed – what’s happening with young working class adults. Sovering story at First Things.

Did you know that William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes died on the same day in 1516 (as in, 400 years ago this past week)? An interesting story (with quotations) from Dan Balow via the Steve Laube Agency. And R.V. Young at Modern Age, in a longish essay (longish for the internet) describes the glories of Shakespeare and Don Quixote.

Peter Singer is a Princeton philosopher best known for his controversial “re-imagining” of human values – that is, we are only human if we serve some utilitarian purpose (he rather coldly argued for the killing of children under 2). Then his mother got Alzherimer’s. Dr. Steven Garber at The Washington Institute has some insights.

And a recording of Robert Frost reading “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” a photo essay about the oil refineries along the Mississippi River in Louisiana, Edgar Allen Poe’s cottage in the Bronx, the shift of Christianity to the southern hemisphere, Queen Elizabeth’s 90 years in 90 seconds, and a rather haunting song by Karan Casey and James Taylor.


The plan – Nancy Marie Davis at A Little Somethin’.

Molasses – Nancy Pearson at Oxford American.

First Grade – Bethany Rohde at Mothers Always Write.

Spring Thaw – Maureen Doallas at Writing Without Paper.

When you are in a dark place - Troy Cady at T(r)oy Marbles.

Art and Photography

Morning Mist – Tim Good at National Geographic / Your Shot.

Constellations of Light – Annie Laurie Erickson at Oxford American.


Days the Writing Stopped – Dan Balow at The Steve Laube Agency.

Shakespeare, Cervantes, and the Romance of the Real - R.V. Young at Modern Age.

British Stuff

Life and Culture

Outsourcing memory and wired for distraction – Mark Loughridge at Gentle Reformation.

It’s Different When It’s Your Mother – Dr. Steven Garber at The Washington Institute.

Alone in the New America – David and Amber Lapp at First Things.


Think Christianity is dying? No, Christianity is shifting dramatically – Washington Post (Hat Tip: Jim Schmotzer).

Karan Casey and James Taylor sing “The King’s Shilling”

Painting: Caterina reading a book, oil on canvas by James Kerr-Lawson (1864-1939).

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