In-Between Thoughts 1.30.20: toothpicks and sorrow

My sciatica is getting better! Quick, give me all the wood on which to knock. I think foam rolling has been the magic bullet. Holy crap. I was starting to get so depressed and fatigued. It’s awful not to be able to walk, sit, stand, or lie comfortably. For weeks. With no end in the…More

Some of my favorite Tolkien quotes

A few weeks back, I read The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers in succession for (only) the second time. Here is my insightful and unique and perspective-deepening review: They are absolutely wonderful. Quick side note: After reading Tolkien for a couple hours one Saturday, I was desperate for some philosophy — something…More

OHPT: Revelation and Inspiration (Chapter 2)

“Revelation and Inspiration” by Stephen T. Davis Dr. Davis is Emeritus Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy in the Religious Studies department at Claremont McKenna College. His expertise is in Analytic Theology, Christian Thought, Metaphysics, and Philosophy of Religion. In this article, Dr. Davis examines what Christians mean, and what they can mean, by the…More

Notes on week 3 of my digital declutter (and Lanikai Pillboxes!)

This week was a good one, though I definitely feel like I backslid. I searched for some recipes (dang it), I checked my blog far too often (all the posts are scheduled, RELAX, ME), and I didn’t practice piano AT ALL. AGAIN. What the h?! This is going to sound weird, but I think I’ve…More

Personality tests — the good, the bad, and the ugly

Personality tests are kind of all the rage right now. Their validities range from the silly (WHICH DISNEY PRINCESS ARE YOU) to the more reputable (e.g., Clifton’s Strengthsfinder assessment). I love them. Well, most of them. While most of these tests show us how we see ourselves to be rather than who we actually are,…More

At the Moment … little happies

A few thoughts on happies in my life lately…. 1. A couple months ago, I was super bummed because I had torn our apartment apart and couldn’t find my grad school copy of Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature. It had all my notes, my lovingly dog-eared pages… I was more bummed than I thought…More

Notes on Week 2 of my digital declutter

Well, believe it or not, for one of the few times in my life I am out of words. My visit to Palmyra was something I never expected and an experience like no other. I am awed and humbled and so, so, SO grateful that I fell arse-first into a job that allows me to…More

Emotions need us to provide the words

I went to a nonprofit training the other day, and in the course of talking about how to define the “why” of your organization, the speaker talked about the limbic area of the brain. You know my ears perked right up. (THE HUMAN BRAIN IS AWESOME.) The limbic system is the seat of our emotions,…More

OHPT: Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church (Chapter 1)

In order to stay honest and accountable, I have decided to make a blog series of my notes and thoughts on each of the chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Theology. I want to use this space as a place to work out my questions, my agreements, my dissatisfactions, my counterpoints, and my realizations.…More

Notes on Week 1 of my digital declutter (AND PALMYRA)

I AM NOT GOOD AT THIS. Well, I’m good at eliminating specific distractions, but I’m v. v. bad at not giving into the urge for a distraction and can be v. v. creative in how I justify the giving in. I spent waaaaay too much time, specific time I should have been focused on other…More