Category Archives: ponderings

Of course, I can tell from your accent.

I found this website an excellent way to procrastinate today. http://accent.gmu.edu/ It all started because I saw on tv that Hugh Laurie had won a golden globe. So I did an internet search for Hugh Laurie and came across a … Continue reading

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Do Sins Change?

I work at a university, and recently I over heard a teacher talking about plagiarism. The teacher was saying that in the late 1800s books used ideas and words from authors by mentioning the authors name, but not citing them … Continue reading

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628 editions! Everyone loved my book

I heard a teacher say to their class today: "it must have been a good book to have gone through four editions." Also I heard: "this is the second edition which means the first edition was in high demand." My … Continue reading

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Death Be Not A Stranger

When my grandmother Parks died in 1988 I was nine. She had breast cancer, but I didn't find that out until my Mom died and it was mentioned as we developed a life story for my Mom's funeral program. We … Continue reading

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Name That Paint Color

Where do they come up with the names for paint colors? Have you every really studied paint swatches? During my painting experience I noticed there are five bazillion colors of white: Eggshell, Antique White, Dogwood Petal etc. Do you think … Continue reading

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White Like Me

I googled a random search, as I sometimes do when bored, "white like me" returned this interview with the author of a book of the same name. It also returned this article from the National Review Online. The author of … Continue reading

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Tell me why we should have a fence between the USA and Mexico?

Thousands of Africans die every year trying to cross the border into the European Union. They have two fences and surounding forests filled with people hoping to get to the EU. Find out more about it on the BBC news … Continue reading

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Small Talk

When my Mom and I were in China, we met a man and his son on the bus tour to Jiuzhaigou. His name was Qian. I asked Qian what he did for a living. I saw him pause, and seem … Continue reading

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I am Down with the Profound

My brothers-in-law’s name is Tim. I’ll recount our conversation below. Tim: “I thought of something profound the other day.” Me: “Oh yeah, what was that?” Tim: “What do Heaven and Hell both have in common?” Me: “They both begin with … Continue reading

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Media, Mayhem, and Money Part 4 (and a little Moses thrown in for good measure)

Rob Johnston, professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, said something that triggered me thinking about what kind of media Christians should be producing. “Christians have given up on the power of story,” he said. “We are really … Continue reading

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