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Kim Davis: reality check on Christian persecution

I haven't blogged for nine months, mostly because I fell off the blogging horse after a rather traumatic opening to my year. The longer I was away from it, the more I questioned whether I had anything unique to add to cultural discussions. This insecurity will be familiar to other people of my Tribe, because… Continue reading Kim Davis: reality check on Christian persecution

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Life · Parenting · Politics

Penn State scandal an indictment on a generation? Not quite.

There's no lack of opinion about the sex abuse scandal surrounding the football program at Penn State. The best have focused on the fact that college sports, particularly football, are abusive in their very nature, taking advantage of young people while paying 7-figure salaries to coaches. On the other hand, we have this post, where… Continue reading Penn State scandal an indictment on a generation? Not quite.

Bad Religion · Catholic Church · Life · Politics

Gerald Kicanas passed over as leader of Bishops conference

If you're up on the news this morning you've heard that the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops went against precedent and voted against elevating Tucson's Catholic bishop to president of the group. Gerald F. Kicanas, who came to Tucson to lead the diocese's 350,000 Catholics nearly 10 years ago, received 111 votes to the 128… Continue reading Gerald Kicanas passed over as leader of Bishops conference

Education · journalism · Politics · Teacher Training

The dream high school curricula

As if I already hadn't said so, teaching is ridiculously hard work. As I come to the beginning of my third week as a teacher's aide in a high school English classroom (and first official week in a student-teaching internship), that hard work is ever more apparent. But lately, something else is becoming crystal clear:… Continue reading The dream high school curricula