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Tools

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There is a (likely apocryphal) story that tells the tale of an encounter between famous novelist Ernest Hemingway and famous photographer Ansel Adams. In the story, Hemingway is purported to have praised Adams’ photographs, saying, “You take the most amazing pictures. What kind of camera do you use?” Adams frowned and then replied, “You write the most amazing stories. What… Read more »

On Victimhood

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“If you are taught bitterness and anger, then you will believe you are a victim. You will feel aggrieved and the twin brother of aggrievement is entitlement. So now you think you are owed something and you don’t have to work for it and now you’re on a really bad road to nowhere because there are people who will play… Read more »

What’s Wrong With Miserable?

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Miserable can be quite good. Some of C. S. Lewis’s best work was written out of misery. Miserable people can give deeply illuminating advice, too. I harp on this because the focus on happy is precisely where they go wrong. Their vague conception is that marriage is like a continuous dose of IV cocaine — you’re just happier all the… Read more »

Deviant Behavior

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As the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb observed more than a decade ago, “What was once stigmatized as deviant behavior is now tolerated and even sanctioned; what was once regarded as abnormal has been normalized.”  But even more importantly, she added, “As deviancy is normalized, so what was once normal becomes deviant.  The kind of family that has been regarded for centuries… Read more »

Carry On

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“I revere the man who, in his old age, when there is weight in every syllable that he utters, concludes his life by urging others to carry on the work of Christ.” ~Spurgeon