Readings of the Day I’ve always been impressed how ready mothers usually are. When I was growing up, I thought my Mom was ready for about anything, from a paper cut to an almost broken bone, and it seemed to be true for everybody else’s moms as well. Even more impressive was my grandmother’s generation: […]

Readings of the Day In the early days of my community, we lived in Mission Houses, groups of 5 priests and brothers, which were scattered across central Italy. They were places of not only community life which sent preachers into the neighboring towns for two week long missions, but outreach, where people could come for […]

Readings of the Day Could you walk a straight line blindfolded? I’ve never tried it myself, and I’m not willing to experiment when I could fall and hurt myself, so I was glad the Mythbusters were willing to find out. Adam and Jamie tried to do it three different ways: walking, swimming, and driving without […]

Readings of the Day When I was an undergraduate music major, I took Orchestration, which was about how different instruments worked and how they could be used together. The tests he gave had an unusual feature: there would be an extra credit question that had nothing to do with music. Sometimes he asked something like, […]

Readings of the Day Etiquette is something that used to be a big deal. It’s still around today, but when I was growing up it was more important. On an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, there as a short from 1950 about having a date with your family, which set out a strict etiquette […]

Readings of the Day One of things I don’t miss from my student days is taking tests. Yes, they’re a necessary evil, your professors do need to know who well you’re assimilating the material. So every few weeks, or every few days, or if you’re really unlucky, every day there’s a test or quiz of […]

Readings of the Day “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth to have a thankless child.” Have you heard this before? No, it wasn’t said to me by my parents, and if your parents haven’t said it to you, then you must be doing something right. However, this quote is from King Lear, Act 1, Scene […]