Pay no lip service to liberty – Pastoral Backstory – March 16th, 2017
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Pay no lip service to liberty – Pastoral Backstory – March 16th, 2017

March 16th, 2017 For obvious reasons every 4th of July in New York Harbor they light up the sky around the Statue of Liberty; a celebration of freedom’s victory over tyranny makes it only fitting you locate the festivities near the one that’s come to be known as Lady Liberty. We use words like liberty and freedom interchangeably. But implicit within the idea of a land of the free is the idea of a land where justice reigns....

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Pastoral Backstory – July 21st, 2016
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Pastoral Backstory – July 21st, 2016

    July 21st, 2016 A recent episode of Invisibilia, the NPR podcast that likes to tell stories that live beneath the surface–the stories that might otherwise get lost in the boisterous shuffle–took up the question of personality: whether that idea of a fixed and predictable profile of one’s character even exists, and whether, despite all the conventional wisdom alleging an immutability to our makeup, we...

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Nuancing Narratives – Pastoral Backstory – July 14th, 2016
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Nuancing Narratives – Pastoral Backstory – July 14th, 2016

    July 14th, 2016   It’s a word that’s been in our lexicon for centuries. But it’s begun to permeate our discourse like at no time in history. It’s the word “narrative,” and since Google is well equipped to count just about everything, here’s a chart documenting its historical usage within the millions of books included in its digitized collection. This is data only up until...

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Some Assembly Required – June 22nd, 2016
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Some Assembly Required – June 22nd, 2016

    June 22nd, 2016 The medical profession would be very different were Abraham Verghese in charge. Serving for a year as a hospital orderly before beginning his own medical practice, Verghese discovered how those of his prestigious ilk could stand to learn from the very people who entrusted themselves to their care.  Too much of the practice of medicine, he discerned, failed to comprehend the full humanity of...

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