On mental illness

"Snowflake" culture got big during my last semester of university. Like many students, one of the last things I learned in school was that we now need service dogs to cope with exam week. Around the same time, the recent spike in suicide made headlines. Unfortunately, I can confirm that that's going on with college … Continue reading On mental illness

The Crier’s Declassified School Survival Guide

Note: If you are of the age to understand this pop culture reference, this article may be of use to you! If you can't do college without student loans, consider the trades. There's less prestige in it, but it's good, honest and well-compensated work. Many high-prestige jobs (in media, for example) are low-pay, high-stress and … Continue reading The Crier’s Declassified School Survival Guide

On Literary Criticism

One of my best professors taught women's studies. She understood that feminism was only one way of interpreting the world, and she was interested in whether we could use  it's vocabulary and arguments correctly, not in our adopting that perspective. Once, I wrote a feminist essay on the Canterbury Tales. Based on these lines "No … Continue reading On Literary Criticism

On marriage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTIpt65Ns24 In Christian marriage, husband and wife become one flesh for the purpose of mutual joy, comfort and procreation. Marriages are also practical arrangements. Until relatively recently, they were usually contracted for economic reasons (ever heard of a dowry?) that look cynical to modern Westerners. Yet it's modern marriages for romantic love that are most … Continue reading On marriage

Who they are: Our mission field

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_qvy82U4RE Sadly, this clip from the popular science-fiction serial Rick and Morty is the most honest explanation of the spirit of our times that I have ever seen. Here, Morty Smith explains for his sister, Summer, a terrible secret about about his travel between worlds with their mad-scientist grandfather, Rick Sanchez. If it doesn't make … Continue reading Who they are: Our mission field