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G.K. Chesterton on "The Gossip of History"

G.K. Chesterton on "The Gossip of History"

The modern innovation which has substituted journalism for history, or for that tradition that is the gossip of history, has had at least one definite effect. It has ensured that everybody should only hear the end of every story. - G.K. Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi  The end of the story: it's an attractional plot device in any film, play, or book intended to capture the audience's attention. Whether it's Lost or Fight Club or Titanic (of course, we know what happened to the ship so that's no surprise!), flash-forwards and the conversely applicable flashbacks from the initial opening are built to create suspense and a hook to...

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Faith in the Midst of a Bright Sadness

Faith in the Midst of a Bright Sadness

John of the Cross referred to this as a "bright sadness." Faith in the midst of darkness. Joy in the midst of a life characterized by loss and pain. 

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Why 'Not all who wander are lost' Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means.

Why 'Not all who wander are lost' Doesn't Mean What You Think it Means.

If there's anything that one could say about J.R.R. Tolkien it might be that he represents one of the 20th century's most notable iconoclasts. A British WWI Veteran who found his way into the philological world in linguistics, Tolkien's legacy on the world as it currently is cannot be estimated. He paved the way not only for the creation of modern high fantasy and the deep worlds that they create but also for the potential for modern myth-making. Only time will tell how his works may be read in future generations and cultures and what significance they may carry in...

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Coffee School 101: The Coffee Tree

Coffee School 101: The Coffee Tree

The coffee tree is a wonderful plant -- one that, I imagine, is really the tree of life talked about in the Bible (those that are sent to Purgatory have to partake from the Robusta tree though). But it is a complex tree. There is no simple harvest. There are no quick fruits of labor. There are massive risks involved. It is important for those of us who enjoy a morning (or afternoon...or evening...) cup to learn more about what is involved in bringing it to us from the initial seed. 

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Six Resources for Better Understanding Global Refugee Problem

Six Resources for Better Understanding Global Refugee Problem

On the eve of our event The Refugee in which Medine Keener and Jacob Guot will be joining us for a conversation and talkback on the global refugee problem, we wanted to highlight some resources that we recommend for better understanding what is going on internationally and nationally (in the case of the United States) as it relates to the refugee problem.  1) UNHCR: The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR (or USA for The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) is a non-profit organization formed in 1950  that envisions a world without refugees. This takes on a lot of meaning...

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