Skate to where the puck’s going, not where it’s been. We’ve got to skate to...– Gary Knell, CEO of NPR in Friday’s Times Media Decoder blog, who “cited internal research that showed NPR’s average radio listener to be about 49 years old, the average user of NPR’s iPad app to be 41 and the average user of its iPhone app to be 37.” (via trentgilliss)
I think we talk too much about how poetry can get to the edge of the sayable,...– —Christian Wiman, from his interview on Moyers & Company ~Trent Gilliss, senior editor
Apatheists, Spirituality, and Health
by Eric Nelson, guest contributor Source: Baylor University Department of Sociology Although we’ve known each other for over 30 years, I can count on half-a-hand the number of times my best friend and I have discussed religion. Ask me to describe his interest in spiritual matters on a scale of 1 to 10 and I’d have to say I don’t really know. Maybe the best word to describe him is “apatheist,” a...
Expanding Our Definition of Dalcroze Eurhythmics
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor Photo by Lee/Flickr, cc by-nc-sa 2.0 Kathy Thomsen, president of the Dalcroze Society of America, took issue with the way we described the function of Dalcroze eurhythmics in both our script for “Meredith Monk’s Voice” and in Krista’s journal entry about the interview. Rather than slapping us on the hand, she provided this helpful...
String Theorist S. James Gates: A Twitterscript
by Susan Leem, associate producer S. James Gates is known for pioneering supersymmetry, a theory that could “explain some of the greatest mysteries of the universe, such as how elementary particles got their mass.” There’s actually a symmetry between these two fundamental entities that compose the universe, invisible partners with names like selectrons (partner of electrons) and...
Do Nothing for Lent and Be Grateful
by Amy Ruth Schacht, guest contributor “Contemplation” (photo: Kasia/Flickr cc by-nc-sa 2.0) Ash Wednesday is today, inaugurating this year’s season of Lent. Cultural customs dictate “giving something up” for Lent. Without any meaningful or theological reflection, it becomes “giving up for the sake of giving up,” as though the mere act is enough. Is...
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Living in a Material World: Lent and Our Bodies
by Debra Dean Murphy, guest contributor Photo by John (mtsofan)/Flickr, cc by-nc-sA 2.0 Remember you are soil, and to soil you shall return. ~Gen. 3:19 The language of “spiritual journey” is commonplace in describing the season of Lent — the 40-day pilgrimage Christians undertake as they trek with Jesus from the wilderness to the garden to the garbage heap of Golgotha and beyond....
Hindus Honor the Destroyer During Maha Shivratri
by Susan Leem, associate producer + Trent Gilliss, senior editor In preparation for the Maha Shivratri festival, an Indian girl touches up these in-demand statuettes of Lord Shiva at a roadside stall on the outskirts of Amritsar. (photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images) Lord Shiva, one of the Trimurti in the Hindu trinity, is recognized today during the festival of Maha Shivratri. At this time,...
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Romney, Mormonism, and the American Compromise
by Terryl Givens, guest contributor Mitt Romney bows his head in prayer in Elko, Nevada while on the presidential campaign trail. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Mitt Romney is threatening to disturb the American compromise with Mormonism. Nineteenth-century observers were largely indifferent to the new religion Joseph Smith founded in 1830. Most dismissed his claims about angels and...