Category Archives: Reflection

Thought for contemplation

Climate change for children, 1924: Revisited

  A driller named Doyle made a fortune in oil And built a great mansion so high That sparks flying bright from his chimney at night Burned a hole in the top of the sky Frederick J. Forster, On the … Continue reading

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The littlest tree

I came late to gardening. After nearly a half century convinced (by sad empirical evidence) of a “black thumb,” I found myself suddenly with muddy knees every weekend, tearing out weeds and vines as if in some primal rage for … Continue reading

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João Biehl on Shaping a Sense of What is Possible

“Life stories do not simply begin and end. They are stories of transformation: they link the present to the past and to a possible future and create lasting ties among subject, scribe, and reader.” João Biehl, Vita: Life in a … Continue reading

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Christmas Reader

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In Glass: Medicine, Science, and Liturgy

The arts of medicine and science, detail in the stained glass windows behind the high altar, Chapel of the Resurrection, Valparaiso University. Click to view enlarged.

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Bells for Haggis

Reflecting back on a cheering (if not quite heart-healthy) lunch of haggis and chips a few weeks ago at award-winning Bells of Durham. Haggis fans in the United States: Stahly Quality Foods (Fife, Scotland) produces a Stateside canned haggis. Those … Continue reading

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Thank you, Jonathan Kranz

It strikes me this morning that a public thanks is long overdue to the fellow writer who inspired me to begin this “Jottings” blog in the first place, Jonathan Kranz. It was back in November of 2012. We were chatting … Continue reading

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