Monthly Archives: April 2012

13 posts

The danger of praying in high places

From The Hammer of God by G. K. Chesterton. “I think there is something rather dangerous about standing on these high places even to pray,” said Father Brown. “Heights were made to be looked at, not to be looked from.” “Do you mean that one may fall over,” asked Wilfred. “I mean that one’s soul may fall if one’s body doesn’t,” said the other priest. “I scarcely understand you,” remarked Bohun indistinctly. “Look at that […]

What is a “Fair Share”?

What is “fair”? This post is not about “the Buffet rule,” but it is. That is to say, the proposal itself is obviously fairly complex and I think does deserve consideration (but Annenberg has found that this argument is fundamentally flawed in that “— on average — high-income taxpayers pay higher rates than those in the middle, or at the bottom for that matter”). What this post is about is rhetoric and morality. The Democrats such as […]

PhD position Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls

Passing along an announcement from the Qumran Institute. PhD position Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls The Qumran Institute of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen offers a four-year PhD position (0,9 fte) in Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls as of the next academic year. This PhD position is financed by a grant of the SNS/Reaal Fund. Research proposals should fit the research profile of […]

“Steeples rising high”

“Steeples rising high”Originally uploaded by Targuman While walking in Muir Woods looking up at these redwoods I was reminded of Bob Bennett’s song Mountain Cathedral. I used to sing this to my daughter as she was drifting off to sleep when she was little. What had been a nice song that brought me some comfort now brings tears to my eyes as it reminds me of quiet times with my girl. (Yes, I am a […]


Fireworks, a set on Flickr. After our son’s soccer team won the PISA U8 winter league, we all went to the Pirates game at PNC Park. They beat the Phillies in Extra innings! And fireworks were launched over the Allegheny River.