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Recognizing Causes of Stress from Bacon From Acorns
My wife and I were recently reflecting on a problem. There is so much visiting and hosting that we would like to do, and so little time in which to do it. We started to feel stressed just thinking about it.
So my mind turned to the broader issue of stress in our lives today, and I remembered a remarkable passage in The Timeless Way of Building wherein Christopher Alexander writes about contexts that are intrinsically stress inducing. Why are some contexts—even including architectural patterns—stress-inducing? Because they put fundamental goods of our life in unhealthy and often unnecessary competition with one another.
It was as though a light-bulb went off in my head. Often precious goods in our lives are forced into at least seemingly irreconcilable opposition. And we experience great stress.
The Masculinist from Aaron Renn
I’ve been receiving the The Masculinist in my email for over a year now. It is a monthly newsletter written for men about the state of men in the church and culture today. Even though it is geared toward men, anyone who is interested in the topics will find it interesting. At the link, you can subscribe and also see the back issues. Disclaimer: Don’t click on the back issues unless you have a lot of time. If what he writes is your thing, you’ll get sucked in for a long, long time. You’ve been warned. LOL!
Curious Unschoolers: Stories of an Unschooling Family from Sue Elvis
My online friend and fellow homeschooler, Sue Elvis, just published her first book. If you are interested in reading about how families homeschool with an unschooling approach, this would be a book to check out. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve been reading her blog Stories of an Unschooling Family for a while and listened to a number of her podcasts. If the book is as good as the rest of what Sue writes, then I know it will be good. I think even families who use a relaxed homeschooling would find her writing both helpful and inspiring.
Thimbles and Love Stitches from Isabella Alden
Some beautiful antique thimbles in the photographs
It’s a sure bet that Isabella Alden was herself a sewer. She may have plied her needle to hem an everyday handkerchief, or she may have used her talents to create fancywork items for her home. But it’s a testament to Isabella’s skill as a story-teller that she could make a simple, everyday item like a thimble figure so prominently in some of the most important scenes in her novels.
I’m listening to this a lot right now. I’ve also put it in the footer of the site for the moment. So beautiful. It starts with one of my favorite hymns, Come, Ye Thankful People, Come.
No, Non-Believers Are Not Increasing In America from The Federalist
David shared this link with me. I think I was familiar with everything cited, but it was good to see it all put together in one article.
The stats are given as often and with as much confidence as they are wrong. The story goes that our nation is growing more secular with every passing day. Christianity is tanking, and atheists and generic non-believers mushrooming. The Daily Wire proclaimed that last week, with the headline, “God Help Us; Atheism Becomes Largest Religion In U.S.” CNN just reported something similar: “There Are Now as Many Americans Who Claim No Religion as There Are Evangelicals and Catholics.”
It’s not true. Not even close.
If you ask anyone who pays the slightest bit of attention to what’s happening with religious faith in America, they will tell you with the confidence that the Nones (those reporting no particular faith) have grown by leaps and bounds, marking a growing secularization in America. This is not true either.
Journalists who tell us they are endlessly suspicious and dig into the depths of a story to bring simple folks like us “the TRUTH” have largely only done journalism by press release on this topic, and the falsehoods get repeated over and over again. But if one digs just a bit deeper into the larger body of research, it is unavoidably clear how incorrect most have gotten the story. Let me demonstrate by observing just three points.
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