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From Routine to Ritual: Classroom Attendance


So I was thinking of a routine I might turn into a ritual, as per my last post.  I figured I'd allow the brushing of teeth to remain a routine for now. Attendance!  In every class, I take attendance.  This routine is so routine, there's probably no one who doesn't...

Turning Routines into Rituals


Both routines and rituals involve a regular repetition of some action. But they are very different. Routines will flatten our lives, but rituals can thicken them. Routines are like ordinary time and rituals are linked with "higher times." With a routine there is a clear, linear connection between the act and...

There’s Meaning in the Mug


Do you choose to drink your morning coffee out of a Styrofoam cup? To cure the feeling that are lives are in some ways "flattened" we need a dose of objective Reality. We have this idea that meaning is in the mind--the individual mind. The logic being: It has to be, because it...

The Modern Malaise


Do you ever feel that life is a little flat? If you do, you are not alone according to Canadian philosopher, Charles Taylor.  He calls it "the modern malaise." Taylor says that the experience of living in a secular age is one of “flatness.”   This feeling comes about because of a new view of reality which affects...

Time and Despair


We modern folks have a very modern view of time.   Having emptied time of transcendence, we think of it as mere chronology or sequence. Still, this sequence can be viewed optimistically; in our culture we tend to find meaning in time in terms of human progress. But there is a...

Time is Like a Lava Lamp


I don't know why we think that every minute is like every other minute; we certainly don't experience time in this way. Shakespeare knew it.  I was teaching Romeo and Juliet in my grade 9 class and noted several comments on the flexibility of time.  Among them: Sad hours seem long. --...

Sameness or Surprise?


My three most memorable hamburgers are: 1) the Kobe Beef Burger that I eat at the Issaquah Brew Pub every spring with my gaming buddies.  2. The burger I ate at Norma's in Lacey, Washington, was by no means a gourmet burger, but it tastes great and had that 1950's diner flavour to it. ...

Killing Time


In English we have only one word for time.  The ancient Greeks had two because they understood time in two ways.  First, there is chronos, or ordinary time, in which one thing happens after another.  The other is kairos.  We've mostly lost a sense of this kind of time, to our detriment.   Chronological time refers...

Man was not made for Time, but time for man?


Understanding Worldview (2) What can you spend, save and waste? I asked my students this question and the answer is about 50/50--money and time. You'd expect people to say money, because that's the right answer.  In what way is time anything like money?   They are not alike at all, but we...

Understanding Worldview


Two books changed everything for me. In the late 80s I read A Transforming Vision by Brian Walsh and Richard Middleton and Leslie Newbigin's Foolishness to the Greeks. These books opened up to me the idea that my thinking wasn't free; I looked at the world through glasses tinted by...