27 December 2013

Weekend linkage // 7QT #19

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Sorry about the oversized print. Blogger's being idiotic, and my options today are huge and tiny.


"Spending money you don’t have is no fun."
-more Americans should take J's financial advice


Ellie-- who already has six razor-sharp teeth-- is cutting another one. FOR THE LOVE. It's a toughie, and combined with a cold she picked up over the weekend, I'm afraid the poor thing didn't have the best Christmas.

She did, however, muster up enough energy to nibble some of Daddy's bacon on Christmas morning.


And this is why I'm proud of my alma mater: Dr Arnn on the two ways of education and government
Bereft of the kind of questions posed by Socrates in the Republic—or the kind of questions raised in the Bible, or in the plays of Shakespeare—modern education treats students chiefly as factors of production, as people to be trained for productive jobs. And although we all wish productive jobs for our children, as parents we know that they are not chiefly job seekers or factors of production.
It's also why I will be fighting in the streets for parental authority over education, if it ever comes to that.


Made these scrumptious macaroons from Zen Belly Catering over Christmas. I didn't bother with the chocolate drizzle and they were very good without it!

(My sister also made these chocolate peanut butter cups from Colorful Eats, and they were scrump. I may or may not have eaten four in one day.)


From Politico: "Crystal Balderdash: the worst predictions about 2013." This is why I place so little faith in "experts."


This is an interesting article in The Guardian: "The People Who Challenged My Atheism Most."
We are all sinners. On the streets the addicts, with their daily battles and proximity to death, have come to understand this viscerally. Many successful people don't . . . Soon I saw my atheism for what it is: an intellectual belief most accessible to those who have done well.

And [John's] father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying,  
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,

as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
-Luke 1:67-79

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