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Monthly Archives: August 2010
Milton Friesen  |  August 30, 2010  |  Death

  I just read this in The Economist and felt somehow the misery of Chinese drivers. Apparently, there was one traffic jam this summer on a road to Beijing that was 100km long and lasted nine days—D-A-Y-S. Not hours. Days. 24 hours x 9 = AAAAHHHHH!!!!! How can you endure that? It would be horrid to have to live with vacation-length grid lock. Do you … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  August 30, 2010  |  Literature

In yesterday’s New York Times Magazine was a fascinating piece on our mother tongues and how they shape our perception of the world. On the other hand, English does oblige you to specify certain types of information that can be left to the context in other languages. If I want to tell you in English about a dinner with my neighbor, I may not have … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  August 23, 2010  |  Education, Religion

Leading on from Richard Mouw’s recent, short piece: faculty at Christian institutions, do you pray before class begins? I have come to think that the lesson here was more important than we took it to be in those days. His prayers in the first class created a mood. They offered spiritual reassurance. They provided the students with a spiritual context in which to understand his … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  August 20, 2010  |  Arts

  You don’t read much about sleeping in public these days but I think it’s a topic worthy of contemplation by the After Hours circle. The piece that sparked this was my recent (and ongoing) reading of A Pattern Language. The section in question reflects on the merits of being able to take a nap in your favourite public space. Trust figures into the equation—do … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  August 16, 2010  |  Culture, Religion

My friend Brett McCracken’s book Hipster Christianity finally came out (in the interest of full disclosure, I blurbed the book). I know a colleague who is using it in his class this fall, and I was delighted to read it and see what a fine, serious, but not too self-conscious job Brett did of examining, dissecting, and evaluating a very specific trend in Christianity. (Along … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  August 13, 2010  |  Cities, Death, Justice

  This past spring, the Hamilton Spectator released Code Red, a study on the health outcomes of the City of Hamilton by census tract. The shocking news is that the life expectancy between the highest and lowest census tract averages came out at 21 years. That’s just plain disturbing. Vats of ink, gazillions of bits, and a roar of conversations have all been dedicated to … MORE »

Milton Friesen  |  August 6, 2010  |  Innovation

  I had never heard of it when we arrived in St. Louis a few days ago on vacation. But after we had toured the massive St. Louis Arch, Michelle noted that one of the brochure’s she picked up had flagged City Museum (CM) as a must-see. We did so. It turns out you don’t just ‘see’ CM—you experience it. And once you’ve experienced it, … MORE »

Alissa Wilkinson  |  August 2, 2010  |  Film

I haven’t seen a lot of movies this summer – haven’t even seen Inception yet, as of when I’m writing this—but one I saw a few months ago just came out this weekend, and I wanted to recommend it to you: Get Low. But instead of writing about it, I’ll just point you to my review, and you might find my editor’s interview with Robert … MORE »