Tag Archives: critical thinking

Ornament of the World

Menocal, María Rosa. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain. Little, Brown and Company: Boston, 2002. 315. Harold Bloom’s foreword characterizes the book as “poignant” but also “to some degree…an idealization.” … Continue reading

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New Idea

Hello. Quick update: I’ve been unemployed and desperately looking for a job for the past three months. I just got hired. Which means that I can spend my time not on job searching but on new pursuits. I’m looking to put … Continue reading

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Seek Another Story

Catching up on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, I heard about a new book: One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon by Tim Weiner. This book is Weiner’s investigative analysis of all declassified documents concerning Richard Nixon’s actions, including illegal wiretapping … Continue reading

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Perception of Dance

Going through my posts, I decided to finish a thought from early 2014. I attended a performance of the River North Dance Company. Luther College ensures that at least one professional modern dance company comes to campus each spring, adding variety … Continue reading

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The Wilderness of Thought

I live in a national forest near the edge of the San Gorgonio Wilderness Area. In my four-day weekend over Valentine’s Day, I chose to explore hikes around the area near the SGWA. Moseying toward a 7800′ “hill” with a fantastic … Continue reading

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Autonomy and Structure

This is an opinion piece that began with reading an article from the Journal of Experiential Education about perceived personal growth and autonomy. I work in a very structured environment. Every week, I am handed a schedule that informs me … Continue reading

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Al-Jazeera Jailings

Three facts: On June 23 I heard that three journalists, employed by the emir of Qatar through Al-Jazeera English, were sentenced to seven to ten years in Egyptian jail. Egypt’s president is currently Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi (pronounced in Arabic, his last name is … Continue reading

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