Monthly Archives: February 2014

On the Nobody Somebody Has Inside: A Post About Bullying For Pink Shirt Day

By all accounts the famous children’s author, C.S. Lewis, was bullied badly in the English private school that he was subjected to as a child. His first school, Wynyard, had a bully as a headmaster. Robert Capron–nicknamed “Oldie” by the … Continue reading

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Justin Phillips, C.S. Lewis at the BBC (a review)

In my chronological reading of C.S. Lewis’ writings, I was struggling a bit in 1941. Lewis makes what seems to be an unusual move when he chooses to take on a series of broadcasting talks at the BBC. The content … Continue reading

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How The Lego Movie Breaks the World

In a sense, my 9 year old wrote the screenplay for The Lego Movie. Not the actual script, of course. Nicolas is in grade 4, and is still working on his cursive. But the main theme of this brilliant film … Continue reading

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‘On the Supposed Unsuitability of Fairytales for Children” Guest Post by J. Aleksandr Wootton

J. Aleksandr Wootton chairs the fictional Folklore Studies department at Lightfoot College, where his research focuses on post-war Faerie. He has authored Her Unwelcome Inheritance, an account of fairy refugees on earth, and has recently published a poetry collection titled Forgetting: Impressions … Continue reading

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A Clash of Faith: What Happens When Punk Rocker Terry Chimes Reads “Mere Christianity”

It’s hard not to love The Clash, though they started filling the stage with noise when I was still in diapers. That’s okay, since Clash headman Mick Jones said in his last performance, “This here set of music is now … Continue reading

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“I’m a Sad Ass at the Moment” Words with Sr. Penelope

Anyone who experiences the ebb and flow of spirit, the up and down of the mental life, will be sensitive to that vibration in the lives of others. Setting aside for a moment the oft-misunderstood realities of mental illness, for … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien Tells Off the Nazis

Love this post from the Bully Pulpit!

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Avoiding The Road

For seven years I have avoided The Road. Perhaps longer. I did not need the book description to know that I would avoid reading it. I picked it up, held it in my hand, and I knew. There was a … Continue reading

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Drawing the Hobbit (Update)

The purists among my colleagues, blogmates, and digital friends are horrified at Jackson’s adaptation, for the most part. Many of them are still angry about The Lord of the Rings, which they felt betrayed Tolkien’s artistry, majesty, and, ultimately, his … Continue reading

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