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Wintry Hodgepodge 1/6/17

January 6, 2018

“Any time it gets that cold, iguanas become lifeless. But that doesn’t always prove fatal.” (NPR)


“You may have noticed that the books you really love are bound together by a secret thread. You know very well what is the common quality that makes you love them, though you cannot put it into words: but most of your friends do not see it at all, and often wonder why, liking this, you should also like that. Again, you have stood before some landscape, which seems to embody what you have been looking for all your life; and then turned to the friend at your side who appears to be seeing what you saw — but at the first words a gulf yawns between you, and you realise that this landscape means something totally different to him, that he is pursuing an alien vision and cares nothing for the ineffable suggestion by which you are transported.

I’ve only barely begun to read C.S. Lewis but I found this while browsing Tumblr and it makes me think I need to read The Problem of Pain, and his essays generally.

Reading YA in Corporate America (BookRiot) Come ON! What part of ” every book its reader” are we not understanding?

I’ve never thought much about how blackboards transformed American education, but this makes a lot of sense (JSTOR Daily)

Thanks to Lisa for reminding me that it is almost time to get obsessed with the Winter Olympics. I do love the speed skating… and the crazy feats of skiing.

And sometimes, I really love the figure skating.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jake permalink
    January 7, 2018 8:56 pm

    Every now and then, I get reminded that Lewis wrote more than Narnia, and that I should really read more of his work. This is another one of those times.

    It is amazing how we get so used to revolutionary technologies that we forget how revolutionary they are. My son is reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books right now–it’s been very enlightening for him (and the rest of us, to a lesser extent)

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