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Monthly Archives: November 2009
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 »

Milton Friesen  |  November 13, 2009  |  Cities, Tech

  I was reading The New York Times Style Magazine (Fall 2009) at the Central Branch of the Hamilton Public Library and came across this definition of “communitecture”: communitecture: an idea of building and design that places the common good over egocentricity; an antidote to starchitecture, as in: “Don’t get me wrong—I love my new Jean Nouvel condo. But what this city really needs is … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  November 9, 2009  |  Arts, Fashion

In last Friday’s edition of Comment, Christina Crook wrote about personal style, both her own and the way she dresses her baby daughter: For now, I choose not to dress Madeleine in Baby Gap, Please Mum or any of the other name-brand outfits hanging in her own closet, already half full. I’d rather she wear clothing that comes with a story, like the pink knit … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  November 6, 2009  |  Tech

  I was given a stack of old Shift magazines while working at Andrew School a few years ago. One of the gems was this December 1999 issue. The purpose of the magazine was to help us all live in a digital culture and toward that end, they have included useful info such as movie reviews of The Matrix, Gattaca, Enemy of the State, and … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  November 2, 2009  |  Education, Vocation

If you read seriously at all, you know that Annie Dillard is one of our greatest contemporary authors. One of her students, Alexander Chee, wrote a piece for The Morning News on studying with her at Wesleyan University twenty years ago. It’s full of beautifully juicy details (Dillard is nothing, apparently, like I imagined her), even for someone who’s never heard of either writer. Certain … MORE »