Monthly Archives: March 2012

A manual of Vegetable Plants: Isaac F. Tillinghast

http://archive.org/stream/amanualvegetabl00tillgoog#page/n14/mode/2up Isaac Tillinghast, in the intro to his book says “we have endeavored to be as brief and concise as possible.” Then, look at the first sentence of his book. Amen, Great-grandpa, you sound just like a late 19th century … Continue reading

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Humour: 94% average or above!

“Gordon Allport (1961) found that, when asked to assess their own sense of humor, 94 percent of research participants rated it as either average or above.” I must be one of the 6% ( as well as being, in current … Continue reading

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Half The Sky: Kristof, Nicholas D./ Wudunn, Sheryl

“Why let her stay at school? She will just get married and it’ll be a waste” This is not a quote from “Half the Sky”. It is a comment made, more than once, to my parents in England in the … Continue reading

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Children and Fire: Ursula Hegi

“Dort, wo man Bucher verbrennt,verbrennt man am ende auch Menschen”- where they burn books, they will ultimately also burn people.(Heine) Ursula Hegi’s new book, “Children and Fire”, is set in the same small town, Burgdorf, as “Stones from the River”- … Continue reading

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Love Wins

Religious thinkers who have shaped my thoughts:Teilhard De Chardin, Karl Rahner, Hans Kung (but not Joseph Ratzinger), Dietrich Bonhoeffer. More recently: Desmond Tutu, Thich Nhat Hanh, Marcus Borg,Karen Armstrong, John Dominic Crossan. Missing from the list are teachers- Charles Davis, … Continue reading

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That Old Ace in the Hole: Annie Proulx

“If I owned Texas and Hell, I’d rent out Texas and live in Hell”. (Attributed to Mark Twain) Annie Proulx loves Texas. I once drove across the Texas panhandle, in 2001 on a four month long camper trip from the … Continue reading

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Hunger Games: see www.umc.org

Hunger Games- Here is a church that notices what its young people are reading and talks about the values and ideas in the books. It’s obviously not unique, but Bud ran across it yesterday. Top story on the http://www.umc.org site … Continue reading

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