Five Recent Articles I’ve Written for Mockingbird

It's been an incredibly busy summer and early fall for me. Mainly because I started a new teaching job and moved to a new city. I would love to say that things will cool down in the near future, but we all know that's unlikely. Still, I have managed to write a few things for …

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a “Podcast”: Episode 6

Hey folks, hope you're holding up well these days! It's been a busy few months for me. Several weeks ago, I finally hopped back on Skype with my buddies Geoff and Kyle (Jonny couldn't make it) to record another "episode" of our "podcast" Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Of course, we're not really making anything we expect …

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The 32 Most Bizarre, Hilarious, and/or Just Kick-Ass Minor League Baseball Team Names

I’m a big believer in keeping things weird. I think one of the best ways to make a city or region an interesting place to live or visit is to encourage, preserve, and promote what’s unique (read: weird) about a place, a people, a culture. The more people embrace local pride, local flair, local character …

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The 50 Best International Players Currently in the NBA

The NBA playoffs are in full swing, so naturally I’ve been watching a lot more basketball than usual. It’s an exciting time in the NBA. There’s a lot of great basketball being played, and the hunt for the championship is really wide open this year. I have no idea who is going to win it …

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Three Changes in Modern Western Life (Other Than the Obvious One) That Help Explain Our “Culture of Death Avoidance”

"The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb" (1520–22) by the German artist Hans Holbein the Younger. There’s a really interesting passage from psychologist-theologian Richard Beck’s 2012 book The Slavery of Death that I wanted to share with you today. I mentioned Beck recently in a much longer post that you can check out …

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Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a “Podcast”: Episode 5

Hey folks. A few days ago, I hopped on Skype again with my buddies Geoff, Jonny, and Kyle and recorded another episode of our so-called podcast, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem.” As usual, it’s mostly just us having a free-wheeling conversation about things we’re interested in, but this time we did structure it a little differently. Instead …

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25 Provocative Passages from C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces

"Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss," by Antonio Canova (1757–1822) Hi folks! I recently read a fascinating book called Till We Have Faces (1956) by C.S. Lewis with a book club I’m involved in, and while I’m not usually a huge fan of C.S. Lewis, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s the last piece of fiction …

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25 Great Voice Actors from the “Classic Era” of Feature-Length Disney Animated Movies (1937-1977)

I spent most of my childhood living overseas in Europe and Middle East. As a general rule, we didn’t have many options in terms of English-language television and current movies — this was the 90s, so digital streaming was not really a thing yet. As a result, I watched old movies, mostly the same 15 …

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Hungry Mouths, Hungry Hearts, Hungry Souls: A Faith-Based Take on the Ethics of Money Management (Long!)

A depiction of the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. — John 10:10 “Life is suffering,” the Buddha taught. But clearly …

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Introducing Frits Thaulow: History’s Little-Known Master of Water Paintings

If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. — Loren Eiseley I first discovered the Norwegian Impressionist painter Frits Thaulow (1847-1906) a few months ago during my winter landscapes project. I decided to dive into his work a little deeper and I quickly found that, for all of his gifts as …

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