Some Thoughts on Art in Education

I saw this political cartoon making the rounds on Facebook a week or two ago. I didn't think much of it until I finished reading The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad on Saturday. I picked it up on a whim at Audible because the description made it sound … [Read more]

A Life Lesson on Literature and Beauty

My grandfather started a bookstore in Lynchburg, VA long before I was born. Over years of family vacations, it became my favorite place. I spent countless hours of my childhood perusing the covers in the used sci-fi section. I took my favorites back … [Read more]

Second Thoughts On Social Media Shaming

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times ran a really good story called How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life. It's not really just about Justine Sacco, though. It's about a litany of folks who made a stupid joke on Twitter or posted a … [Read more]

Neurologist Oliver Sacks’ Farewell

The great British-American neurologist Oliver Sacks recently discovered that he has terminal cancer. A rare tumor of the eye that left him blind in one eye metastasized and now occupies a third of his liver. Sacks is the author of several books, … [Read more]

Preview Dustin Kensrue’s New Track

Thrice is my favorite band, and Dustin Kensrue is the reason why. His songwriting and lyrics are incredible. He's already put out a couple of solo albums, starting with Please Come Home and followed up by a Christmas album and a praise album. Neither … [Read more]

Le Gouffre: A Very Good 10-Minute Film

Le Gouffre ("The Gulf") is a short film that was Kickstarted back in October 2013 with $24,155 out of $5,000 raised. I heard about the finished version from The Verge, and I have to say: it's pretty incredible. So watch it now or bookmark it for … [Read more]

What Makes a Relationship Healthy? would like you to know that healthy relationships come in all shapes and sizes. The image starts with a monogamous couple (albeit gender-neutral) and then depicts a variety of relationships including: Asexual ("We don't have … [Read more]

Are We Becoming Morally Smarter?

Science writer Michael Shermer argues that we are in the March 2015 issue of Reason, based on his new book The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom. He writes, Since the Enlightenment, humans have … [Read more]