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St. Hippolytus’ Careers Christians Should Never Have

In a recent fundraising email, the president of the American Family Association, Tim Wildmon, warned his mailing list that the number of careers available to conscientious Christians “is quickly shrinking as homosexuals pro-actively seek opportunities to wreck the personal business and career of any Christian who declines to support the gay lifestyle.” The professions now prohibited by homosexual activism? Photographer, Baker, Florist, Broadcaster, Counselor, Innkeeper, and Teacher. (Not included: Host on Bravo.)

The list is truly shocking. Innkeeping? What’s a conscientious hotelier to do? If he can’t refuse service to same-sex couples then he’ll be forced to accept a pregnant unwed teen and her ne’er-do-well fiancé as well. If he can’t stone them, maybe he could have them all stay out back.

Conservatives claiming their careers are “threatened” by gay rights should check out St. Hippolytus, who wouldn’t have let them get those jobs in the first place.


Tom’s Treehouse is an impressive three-story treehouse that was completed in 2011 and built for free by the talented and generous friends of couple Tereasa Surratt and David Hernandez. They used their combined skills of carpentry, roofing, and design to create a beautiful and touching tribute to Surratt’s’ father, who passed away shortly after the couple bought the property.

(via roadtrip-to-nowhere)

Louis C.K. Against the Common Core

Interesting article about Common Core. Here are some quotes I pulled out:

Elizabeth Phillips, the principal of P.S. 321, a highly regarded public school in Park Slope, called on members of the State Board of Regents to take the exams themselves: “Afterward, I would like to hear whether they still believed that these tests gave schools and parents valuable information about a child’s reading or writing ability,” she wrote.

It seems likely that if more parents with the wealth and public profile of Louis C.K. showed their support for public education not by funding charter-school initiatives, as many of the city’s plutocrats have chosen to do, but by actually enrolling their children in public schools, there would long ago have been a louder outcry against the mind-numbing math sheets and assignments that sap the joy from learning.

The War on Drugs - An Ocean In Between the Waves

If you watch the full performance, which I definitely recommend you find on YouTube, then you’ll see the radio lady crying at the beauty of this performance. So so good.

18 Famous Literary First Lines Perfectly Paired With Rap Lyrics


In which MentalFloss puts famous first lines into RapPad and amazing results follow. There’s nothing more to say about this, so we’ll just leave you with a sample, and invite you to go see the rest:

Robert Frost/2Pac

Whose woods these are I think I know
Creep with me through that immortal flow.
(“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “Thug Passion”)

(via thelandrover)

A Nation of Takers?

In the meantime, money was slashed last year from the public housing program for America’s neediest. Hmm. How about if we house the homeless in these publicly supported yachts?

Letter to Hemingway informing him that his guns have been confiscated. I love the personal note of congratulations on winning the Noble Prize at the end.

The War on Drugs - Red Eyes

This band’s album Slave Ambient has been one of my most-listened to albums from beginning to end since I first heard it. I’m so excited to hear a follow-up that stays true to form but is every bit as good. I hope you enjoy this too.


alicebolin:   Oh god

February 12, 1899: Horse fallen in the snow at 126 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston, SC.

Spielberg’s latest film “Obama,” featuring Daniel Day-Lewis.

"Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us."

- Paul Theroux (via quotactions)

(via fuckyeahreading)

There’s this writer that I’m sorta obsessed with and she has just started writing for @trouvemag so you should go there and read the first issue and get on the mailing list so you don’t miss a single life-altering thing this woman has to say.

Harvard art historian Jennifer Roberts teaches the value of immersive attention

GIVEN ALL THIS, I want to conclude with some thoughts about teaching patience as a strategy. The deliberate engagement of delay should itself be a primary skill that we teach to students. It’s a very old idea that patience leads to skill, of course—but it seems urgent now that we go further than this and think about patience itself as the skill to be learned. Granted—patience might be a pretty hard sell as an educational deliverable. It sounds nostalgic and gratuitously traditional. But I would argue that as the shape of time has changed around it, the meaning of patience today has reversed itself from its original connotations. The virtue of patience was originally associated with forbearance or sufferance. It was about conforming oneself to the need to wait for things. But now that, generally, one need not wait for things, patience becomes an active and positive cognitive state. Where patience once indicated a lack of control, now it is a form of control over the tempo of contemporary life that otherwise controls us. Patience no longer connotes disempowerment—perhaps now patience is power.

If “patience” sounds too old-fashioned, let’s call it “time management” or “temporal intelligence” or “massive temporal distortion engineering.” Either way, an awareness of time and patience as a productive medium of learning is something that I feel is urgent to model for—and expect of—my students.