Art, Old Houses, and The Dilemma of A Book Review

April 11, 2012
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  Old Houses I believe in the value of old houses. I live in an old house, in a town filled with old houses. Their value is not in a superior ability to repel the weather, resist termites, or retain heat.  (My utility bills and leaky roof prove otherwise!)  An old house is a physical […]

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The Essence of Effectiveness

March 2, 2012
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Sarah Clarkson is a freelance writer who spent time studying literature in Oxford. She tells the story of stumbling into a group of village bell-ringers just as they set about their work. On the wall of the tiny room inside their bell tower, hung this prayer: “Gracious Lord, source of all skill and beauty, who […]

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1 Down, 11 To Go!

January 31, 2012
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See that? That thing we just whizzed by was the first mile-marker on this twelve-mile trip. Don’t snooze, it’s going quickly.

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Life & Work

November 30, 2011

Gluckstadt, Mississippi is a commodity of a place. Its only obvious value is its proximity to Jackson. For most of my life it has been just another exit off I-55. My in-laws moved there though, and it became the setting of two of the most significant moments of my life. Last Thanksgiving my family and […]

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Freedom we hardly knew ye

September 23, 2011

Summer’s over. The cycle begins again. Don’t despair. Just hold on. Five o’clock comes every day; the weekend, four times a month. Be a good boy. Nose to the grindstone. This is the price you pay to live. Stop being selfish. Think of the people around you. This is the real world, son. There are […]

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