Category Archives: Psychology

Of Reeds and Strings and Other New Things

I’m learning violin. I’m forty-six. I’ve never played an instrument. Why now? I’ve always wanted to learn violin, and one day this very instrument made its appearance in my life as if to announceĀ It’s time. I had heard violin was … Continue reading

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Of Tigers and Teapots

(This was originally written in the fall of 2015. I found it in my drafts and decided it was time to post. Much has changed since I originally penned it, but the sentiment remains the same.) Our family has been … Continue reading

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Good Neighbor: Control of Tone in Writing and Life

Reading The Writer’s Control of Tone edited by Edward M. White, I learned something about myself in the first two pages of the introduction. Talk about effective writing! White relates a story of a curriculum salesman visiting a college composition … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Giants with Sophie and Scout

“Man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.” ~John Calvin I’ve been thinking about giants. Some giants we make and others are made for us. Specifically, I’ve been considering one of the giants in England and the … Continue reading

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