The Drunk Fare, The Science of Climate, and Barabbas (A Weekend Review)

The Weekend Review was a staple of my blog for a season, but my efforts to bring you the best stuff of the week every Saturday have gone the way of good intentions, or the dodo bird, or the tyrannosaurus. Intentions fail, I suppose. This week, I'm trying to revive those intentions. Why? It was a really good week for really good content.


Who needs scientists when you have ideology? Who needs expertise when you have high-school bravado? This is the subtext of this week's New York Times article, "Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students." Whether you believe in climate change or you are a climate change denier, this article is worth the read.

The Biggest Uber Tip I Ever Got (or, Money Isn't Everything) is, perhaps, my favorite of Shawn Smucker's #RideshareConfessionals. In his piece, Shawn, an Uber driver and writer, shares a sort of Trumpian, slice-of-humanity rideshare tale. Do not miss it.

I wouldn't normally share a book review, but Emily Freeman's review of Russ Ramsey's Struck is worth the read. It might be a perspective shifter.

I might have had too much fun writing this. If the 15-year older version of myself shared advice with the me of today, would I listen?

Do you know about The Justice Conference? Follow the #Justice17 hashtag on Twitter and learn along.


Amber and I saw Wonder Woman. It was powerful, strong, and maybe most of all empowering. I'm not a huge fan of the big blockbusters, but this one pushed all the right buttons. Sure, there were a few logical gaps, some geographic ones, too (how did the island of the Amazons stay hidden from all those cartographers? Really?). Sure, it was still a little violent for my taste. All in all, though, it was a gem of a movie, one that teaches us the power of a woman and the power of love.


I stumbled across this gem in the local bookstore. It's a novelization of Barabbas's experience in those post-death days of Jesus. The double (and sometimes triple) entendre throughout the book is masterful. Find a used copy out there on the net. You'll be glad you did.


Learning the royal game. #chess #gameface

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Enjoy the music of Agnes Obel. This song has been on repeat all week.



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The Weekend Review (MOPS Edition)

This weekend, I had the privilege of spending time with the good people at MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers). I discussed inner-sobriety and how true sobriety is best found in a community of hope and love. Today, I'm only sharing one video. Welcome to the Chorus of the Community.


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The Weekend Review, September 24, 2016

Would you like a few good links to start you weekend? I thought so. Be well. See you Monday.



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I stumbled across a copy of The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury at The Dickson Street Bookstore and snapped it up. (You should always snap up Bradbury in used paperback.) This collection of short stories is blowing my mind. Find your own copy of The Illustrated Man here, or here, or here.

Technology: Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has pledged $3 billion to eradicate every disease. Let's hope he's successful. (Article on Wired.)

Health: Want to be less productive, less alert, and more likely to die early? Sleep less than six hours, and you'll get just that. You may think you're an above-average thinker on less than six hours of sleep (oh, you're so hard-core), but you're not. Science proves it. (Article on Inc.)

Spiritual Formation: This week, I've been writing about the spiritual formation of the marketplace. Check out this piece by Andrew Wilkes at the Huffington Post, in which he writes about the spiritual formation plan of capitalism, and how it affects people of color.

Food: We're gluten free around here, and so cooking can be quite the chore. Are you gluten free? Allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite resources. This gluten-free Dutch baby is spot on. (Recipe on

Music: We all need a little Bruce from time to time. I've shared this before. I'm not afraid to share it again.


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Weekend Review: Scapegoats, Nuns, and the Kind Freemans

Another week of 2016, burned to the ground. Burn baby, burn! But before we sweep out the ashes and start the whole shebang over again (Sunday is coming), let's take recap this week's good links.


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I've been finishing up Sunil Yapa's book, Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. Set in the World Trade Organization riots of 1999, Your Heart moves with a staccato pace, and explores the relationships on both sides of the teargas. If you're a fan of fiction, of social justice, and of well-written stories, you won't want to miss Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist. Trust me. (Rated R for language and violent content.)


What's with all this talk of Trump winning over the Christians? According to Ross Douthat, "Trump is losing the most active believers, but he’s winning in what I’ve previously termed the 'Christian penumbra' — the areas of American society (parts of the South very much included) where active religiosity has weakened, but a Christian-ish residue remains."

Do you know Emily Freeman? She's one of the good ones, a writer bent toward creating space for your soul to breathe. And in this season of political turmoil, she's teaching us how to pray for kindness.

What happens when one drunk-driving, illegal immigrant slams into a car full of nuns, killing one? Don't miss this piece at Mockingbird about scapegoating, nuns, and the power of forgiveness.

Who wants to learn better writing habits? Check out these 10 writing tips from original "Mad Man," David Oglivy. As always, Brain Pickings supplies the goods.



This is beautiful in every way.

Thanks for reading along. I'll see you next week!


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Weekend Review: Trump's Culture of Violence and Startup Comeuppance

Welcome to the weekend, the knockoff play days that bookend responsibility. (How I wish this were true.) Amber is away for the weekend, and I'm flying in-solo-parentis for a couple of days. I suspect the boys and I will clean the garage, shoot some hoops, perhaps build a fort in the muddy woods. Maybe we'll catch a movie, grab some pizza and root bear. I'll find a book before the day is over. Maybe we'll shoot a bottle rocket.

Life is a mix of responsibility and frivolity; isn't it?

But before I get my weekend started, I offer you this skinny-minute respite. Grab a cup of joe and catch up on some of the week's happenings. Fair warning: for those of you not politically inclined, or those of you who like Donald J. Trump, consider skipping the first segment in this week's review.


Last night, Chicago canceled Donald Trump's rally scheduled for 6:00 pm at the Chicago Pavillon. Fearing the mass of protestors who'd gathered to voice their displeasure with Trump's antics, the city  did the right thing, nixed the event. Perhaps you've not taken note, but Trump's rallies have become increasingly violent over the last several weeks. How did we get here?

But despite his harsh rhetoric and violent overtones, did you know that Donald J. Trump is the only 2016 Presidential candidate to be nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize? These are the things that boggle the mind. I'm not political scientist, but this is insane.


Perhaps you work in a cool, post-industrial, neo-cubicular creative space with hammocks and slides. Maybe you have a ball pit in your office, or a trampoline. Good for you. But do you have a Pac-Man themed conference space? In this hilarious piece, Fast Company gives cheesy startup office design their comeuppance.

John Ray--friend, godfather to my sons, and cycler extraordinaire--writes a weekly column on bike commuting in the Ozarks. I think you'll enjoy his words, especially this piece on his attempts to outrun grief.


I visited Charleston, South Carolina last weekend. There, I say this perfectly normal reindeer playing a hang drum.

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In my Recovery Room series, Heather Caliri offered her confession, wrote about using the Bible as an instrument of self-harm. This piece is weighty, sobering, and necessary. Please don't miss it.


Thanks for reading along. I hope to see you next week. Until then, check out this piece by Noah Gunderson and David Ramirez. Enjoy.


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