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Yearly Archives: 2009
Alissa Wilkinson  |  December 21, 2009  |  Arts, Film

As a critic, I hate to admit this: top ten lists get on my nerves. Sometimes I like them. There are a (very) few movie critics with whom I nearly always agree, and whose lists provide me with some way to make sure I didn’t miss anything vital this year. Book lists are handy for finding new books to read. But I question the purpose … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  December 18, 2009  |  Death

  I’ve been watching the History Channel series Life After People over the last couple of months. Not everyone in my household shares my fascination with watching our most significant built environments crumble and decay under the fast-forward storytelling of computer generated simulations. I particularly like the timeline where they take snapshots of the day after, then a week, year, and eventually 10,000 years after … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  December 14, 2009  |  Civic Core, Leadership, Markets, Politics

I hope this isn’t totally self-serving, but at that other magazine I edit, I ran an article on Friday by Rebecca Horton about local activism. Not too many years ago, a college professor kicked off my college senior-year Public Policy practicum course with a single book and a simple objective. The book: Design Like You Give a Damn, an inspiration source for those thinking up … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  December 11, 2009  |  Discipline

  I am always inspired and rejuvenated by design magazines. Architecture, interior design, industrial design, do-it-yourself, and many other categories challenge my thinking and open up new possibilities. I was re-reading a back issue of Azure and Nov/Dec 07 was as great as the first time I read through it. I seldom have the luxury of buying high-end materials with which to build my projects. … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  December 7, 2009  |  Education

I am deep into grading my students’ final exams and revised papers, and so grammar is much on my mind—which explains my sheer delight when I ran across this grammar challenge, given by none other than David Foster Wallace to his students in a nonfiction writing workshop. Across the top of the worksheet, it reads: IF NO ONE HAS YET TAUGHT YOU HOW TO AVOID … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  November 27, 2009  |  Business

  This is a brief post on the art of living. A friend and former co-worker from Calgary recently decided to bid a ‘fare-thee-well’ to his desk job doing receipt processing for a chance at become a professional coffee-man. Timothy has a fine palate for good food, drink, and photographs. He is the kind of person who can act with courage when that is required, … MORE »

Dan Postma  |  November 25, 2009  |  Death, Religion

As Cardus dives head-long into its biggest-ever project, the Cardus Education Survey, I seem to be in a stage in my own life where my big question about Christian education is: did it delay my awareness of the world’s real brokenness? I’ve listened to my pastor weep about brokenness for years. I’ve seen it in the media (how could you not?), heard about it from … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  November 20, 2009  |  Arts, Culture

Milton still learning to draw If you take time to review the shelves at Indigo, you’ll find a significant amount of shelf-space devoted to manga and it’s close cousin, the graphic novel. While waiting for three of my four children to finish off their choir and acting commitments last week, I sat at a local library reading and drawing my way through a How to … MORE »

Ray Pennings  |  November 18, 2009  |  Civic Core, Philosophy

My professional readings of late have immersed me in public policy documents regarding charity and how it contributes to society. In the context of Cardus’ recent release of A Canadian Culture of Generosity and our soon-to-be-publicly announced 29to42 campaign, I have been thinking about the next steps from a research perspective. There is lots of interesting work being done in the field. Linda Graff has … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  November 16, 2009  |  Education, Literature, Tech

I write this today in the ornate Rose Reading Room at the New York Public Library’s main branch on Fifth Avenue at Bryant Park. To be honest, I hadn’t intended to write about libraries, but to walk into this branch is to be overcome with a sense of awe that nearly approximates the awe I feel walking into a cathedral. I don’t think it’s all … MORE »