Monthly Archives: October 2011

As Good As It Gets

Sunday night the blue S-10 pickup pulled into our driveway from Albuquerque, bearing my nephew James on his way home to Missouri. We miss James a lot, for many reasons, one being that because of his work he’s not frequently … Continue reading

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Reading Karl Barth: Preparing to read the Church Dogmatics

In a previous post, I explained why someone might choose to read through the Church Dogmatics. This brief note is for those who are persuaded that a commitment to read it through over the course of several years will be … Continue reading

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Reading Karl Barth: Select Short Works

For Karl Barth’s mature theology, one must turn to the Church Dogmatics. Yet tackling the Church Dogmatics is more like undertaking a continental expedition than setting off for a weekend vacation. Therefore, even for those with minimal interest in the … Continue reading

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Susanna at 15

Oh, Susanna, has it been 15 years already? When you were born, I sang “First Lullaby” to you in the delivery room, mangling the French, I’m sure. You can’t remember that, of course, but I’ll never forget it. Instead of … Continue reading

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Onward into light

Rachel, thank you for sharing your wonderment at nature, with a daily stream of beautiful nature photos! Here’s the story behind the lion hug:

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Pond Life

What are these insects doing? This is a lesson plan for Unit 3: Pond Life (2 weeks). Mix and match: rearrange the days around as much as you please; they don’t need to be done in the order listed below, … Continue reading

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In memoriam: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these … Continue reading

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Paper airplanes, bird wings

Compare different paper airplane designs with the wings and flight of birds. What similarities in wing shape and flight pattern do you see? What features make a paper airplane more like a duck or goose than a falcon, or more … Continue reading

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Classification

Animals and plants are classified in hierarchical groups, similar to nesting Matryoshka dolls placed within each other. The biggest Matryoshka doll we’ll consider for now is “Kingdom.” Plants, animals and protists comprise different biological kingdoms. The smallest Matryoshka doll we’ll … Continue reading

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Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health

Congratulations, Dad, to you and to all your amazing staff who worked so diligently and effectively to bring about the approval, by the ATSU Board of Trustees on Saturday, of a $26 million bond issue for constructing a new facility … Continue reading

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Tolkien Quotes

Lisa Shafter, at The Traveling Mandolin, is at it again. I formerly linked to her intriguing accounts of her travels, but now she’s been writing a remarkable series of reflections on her favorite quotations from J.R.R. Tolkien. Check out A … Continue reading

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