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White Lab Coat Syndrome

“Have you ever heard of the ‘white lab coat syndrome,’ Dave? It’s what happens when people like you step outside their area of expertise. You’re a scientist, so you have authority only when you speak as a scientist. But when you speak as a sociologist

Essay / Culture

Why Professors Blog

Professors are people with full-time jobs teaching students, researching subjects, and publishing their findings. Why would they add to this schedule something that is not a part of their job description: blogging? The question is not merely, ahem, academic. There are plenty of professors who

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The Prodigal Holiday

I will be bringing (among other things) dessert number four to our Thanksgiving feast. I may make a pear tart. It’s strategic, making a light and fruity dessert number four. How else should I expect it to be eaten, after the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and

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Rousing Your Priorities

As of right now (November 16, 2008) my house is permeated by the smell of smoke.  With all of the windows closed and the air filter running it is still impossible to filter out the smoke smell.  Smoke is one of those smells that you

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Gotta love the Old Monasticism

Again, I couldn’t resist. The monks and nuns of the church are proving to be too newsworthy of late. The following is taken from CNN though “everyone” is talking about it: JERUSALEM (CNN) — An unusual sight greeted Jerusalem police as they entered one of

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Damask

I have been on a relentless hunt for the perfect damask fabric to use in my bedroom. When my husband and I moved here from Washington, D.C. this past June, one of the first tasks we undertook was the careful placement of our furniture and

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Is this the New Monasticism?

Saw this on the BBC’s website. Couldn’t resist. A priest and two nuns have allegedly beaten up a restaurant boss in the village of Rutino near Salerno in southern Italy. Antonio Esposito, 49, was taken to hospital with neck and stomach injuries allegedly after a

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Beyond Left and Right

I’ve just reviewed Amy Black’s utterly sane, entirely helpful Beyond Left and Right: Helping Christians Make Sense of American Politics over at The Other Journal. Check it, and this fun, provocative journal out here.

Essay / Culture

Vote. A Right…

Citizens of the United States of America are quick to argue that they have constitutional rights – for everything. Citizens defend clearly expressed rights such as the right to free speech, the right to not be searched or seized unreasonably, and the right to peaceably

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Proud to be Protestant

In the few years that I have been an Anglican, I have met a number of people who identify themselves as Anglo-Catholics. What these particular Anglo-Catholics mean by this, of course, is that they are Anglicans who see themselves in unbroken communion with the “one,

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If You're Not Much of a Hugger…

My colleague Joe Henderson has been in a cave writing a doctoral dissertation. But today, he poked his head out long enough to relay his hesitancy to hug. ‘I’m a handshaker, not a hugger,’ Joe tells me. He’s not alone. Fellow-blogger and colleague Fred Sanders

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A Theology of Hugging

I’ve been thinking quite a bit recently about the call to let others be. This, I take it, is the ethical correlate of the Christian doctrine of creation, in which the perfectly strong God makes room for the world, in which he lets it be.