On Being Misunderstood BY: Denis Haack Sometimes misunderstandings, even simple ones over ordinary things can fracture even close relationships, and sadly, they can show up even when we’ve taken care to speak and act as carefully as we possibly can.
The School of Life: Discernment Exercise BY: Denis Haack For the month of December (2011), The School of Life sponsored a project they defined as an attempt to help people find creative ways to demonstrate compassion, to learn to reach out to others instead of remaining locked in the confines of their own narrow boundaries. Day by day a task was assigned that people could choose to accomplish.
Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2011) BY: Denis Haack Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris is a cinematic exploration of these crucial and very human themes—the idea of a golden age, the pull of nostalgia and the need for hope.
Reclaiming Toothpaste BY: Margie Haack “Dude!! You need to chill!” I don’t ordinarily talk like this, calling someone “Dude.” It’s pretentious for a woman my age. But it seemed appropriate at the time. I had to shout to get Denis’ attention because he was flipping out.
Phlox: A Natural History and Gardener's Guide (James H. Locklear, 2001) BY: Denis Haack Phlox is a fine book, and even if it doesn’t make you a gardener it will give a reason to be glad, a reason to be grateful, a reason—61 reasons, actually—to look with greater care at the plants we tend to brush by without a second glance.
Comfort Ye My People: A Solace for Any Man's Heart BY: Margie Haack I sometimes wonder about the meaning and worth of what I do. Or have done. I often feel small and insignificant. Perhaps I should have gone to law school or herded sheep. Sometimes I complain that all I do is grind coffee beans and update my status on Facebook.
Friends With Benefits (Will Gluck, 2011) BY: David John Seel, Jr. Here the nature of the relationship—friend with benefits—plays the role of protagonist. Willing cynicism, feigning cosmopolitan sophistication, lamenting one’s emotional brokenness… none of this changes the embodied fact that sex is always more than sex. Sex creates an emotional bond.
A Beautiful Woman BY: Denis Haack The Hebrews pictured Wisdom and Folly as women (see, e.g., Proverbs 3-9), a metaphor sometimes assumed to be merely misogynist and so dismissed in an age that knows better.
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I don’t much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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