Berger, A More Beautiful Question

There’s never been a better time to be a questioner

There’s never been a better time to be a questioner—because it is so much easier now to begin a journey of inquiry, with so many places you can turn for information, help, ideas, feedback, or even to find possible collaborators…
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Extending the Season

I’m gearing up for the fall hunting season in a big way. I’ve always been frustrated by the short seasons for shotgun hunting in Illinois. That’s compounded for me, since I hunt on private land over six hours away. For…

Stimulating Neuroactivity with Electricity

Transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS, is an interesting idea. Groups are studying how electrical currents affect cognitive ability and control over fine motor skills. For years, the military has applied the technology to various tasks. I wonder how long…
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Developing the Selfie

The Cyber Effect by Mary Aiken is an engaging—though at times frightening—study of the effects of technology and Internet culture on persons. She addresses issues such as raising children in a digital environment, the addictive qualities of certain technologies, romance, “cyberchondria,” and…
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There’s a $500 billion remittance market, and Bitcoin startups want in on it

I thought this was an interesting phenomenon in the use of cryptocurrency. At just over six years old, Seoul-based KakaoTalk has more than 170 million registered users on its flagship chat app, and enjoys nearly 93% market penetration in South…
Sven Birkerts, Changing the Subject

The Terms of the Game

In his book Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age, Sven Birkerts shares an astute observation, The explosion of cell phone use changed the terms of the game. That more people were able to call while not tethered to…
Newport, Deep Work

The Book You Need: Deep Work by Cal Newport

I absolutely loved Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. From beginning to end, Newport cuts through the mess and offers a genuine way to engage in “deep work,” through penetrating and sustained thought. If you feel crippled by incessant…

Prayer Is the Breath of the Soul

Prayer is the breath of the soul. Our breathing is a constant source of renewal to our bodies. We eat three or four times a day. But we breathe all day long, all night too. As impossible as it is…
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The Task of Decluttering by Organizing Papers

I have a paper problem. Historically, I’ve exhibited the tendencies of a pack rat. That’s probably just a way to word things in order to deny that I am a pack rat. I’m trying to get better. I just read Marie…

Processing Deer Meat

I’m boning up on my white tail butchering technique for November.

Colossians 1:28–29

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Books

No Uncertain Sound
Lamentations, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: A 12-Week Study
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