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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Review: An Unsettling God by Walter Brueggemann

| March 7, 2010

An Unsettling God: The Heart of the Hebrew Bible by Walter Brueggemann My rating: 5 of 5 stars Brueggemann forces us to unblinkingly confront the God actually presented in the Old Testament, not the God we wish was there via the colored glasses of our Western rationalistic theology. He shows us that the Israelite conception […]

The Power to Imagine Better

| November 3, 2009

We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already; we have the power to imagine better. – J. K. Rowling (http://harvardmagazine.com/go/jkrowling.html – quoted in Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way Between Worlds by Travis Prinzi, p. iv.)

Physical Beauty Is Sometimes the Most Deceptive of Contexts

| April 14, 2009

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” goes the old saw. Last week three cynical judges and a huge audience at auditions for the UK’s Britain’s Got Talent TV series got a variation on that dictum: don’t judge talent by the body it comes in. Better: Don’t assume that personal worth and physical beauty are […]

Recipe for Being Truly Human

| February 28, 2009

According to Margie Haack, this is more than a recipe for her Lemon Dilled Rice: Lemon Dilled Rice (Serves 3-4) 1 cup rice 4 T. butter 1 small onion, diced 1 t. salt 2 t. dill weed (or 2 T. fresh dill, chopped) 2 c. water or chicken broth 1 lemon, juiced In a saucepan, […]

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