Mar
25

Bob vs. the Future: An Introduction

No one knows that Bob is a blogger. For several months, he himself didn’t know. His son, Chip, had upgraded the manual typewriter to wirelessly post every keystroke online. When Bob learned the truth, and saw how happy his son was to have a high-tech dad, he decided to ride it out. But the Luddite in him refuses to go online, so he never sees his posts or the comments left by his audience of three.

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Jul
22

Caught in Noah’s Mirror

Seems to be some controversy stirring around Darren Aronofsky’s film, Noah. Some feel it’s too literal an interpretation of a horrific myth. Others feel it should be a more literal interpretation of a historic holocaust. Some marveled at Aronofsky’s personal and unique vision. Others felt it lacked vision, was in fact two or three movies deluged into one. Regardless, to witness the cinematic birth of the universe, with scientific evolution and divine creation working hand in hand, is something not to be missed.

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Jul
15

The Forest School

I don’t read online, but when my son, riding those near-infinite waves of information across hyperspace seas, comes upon an article he thinks I’ll like, he prints it out and leaves it on my armchair. It’s wasteful, I know, but it’s also a connection. Today I found, You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls if There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier and Smarter, by David Sobel. I’m still wobbly from the wisdom of it.

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Jul
8

The Abstract Us

When I was a kid, there was a wheat field a few miles west of town that belonged to John S. McAlester and Co. When my grandpa took us for a Sunday drive in his Studebaker Starliner, we cruised for almost half an hour passing those amber waves of grain. Grandpa would put his hand out the window, hold his palm against the wind like a stop sign, and say, “Twenty families used to farm here. There go the Wilsons… and the Knowles… the Wainwrights… the Graves… my old friend, James Casey, raised three generations right here… That’s what used to be.”

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