Being vs. acting good — is there a difference?

One of the things I like most about fiction is the way it presents ethical issues in helpful and novel (har har) ways. Every fictional story presents some kind of ethical conflict and its resolution, highlighting different kinds of people, different ways of thinking, different ways of relating to others, etc. Really, when we read … Continue reading Being vs. acting good — is there a difference?

In-Between Thoughts: Cockroaches EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE

First time lifting since... *checks lifting log* January 30. That's not too bad, all things considered! Thankfully, I found that haven't lost ALL my strength. Still did six pullups in a row. I kept all the same weight for my other lifts. The only thing that changed is that I now lift with perfect posture. … Continue reading In-Between Thoughts: Cockroaches EVERYWHERE AND NOWHERE

OHPT: Theology and Mystery (Chapter 4)

Chapter 4 is "Theology and Mystery" by William J. Wainwright. Wainwright is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Philosophy with University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. His research focused on the philosophy of religion and theology in the 17th and 18th centuries. He definitely has "philosophy of religion" credentials, as evidenced by the books he has authored. I was … Continue reading OHPT: Theology and Mystery (Chapter 4)

We do what we have been rewarded to do

I was listening to a podcast that featured an addiction researcher, and he was talking about how addiction manifests in the brain. He highlighted our learning method, which is something that has not evolved significantly since our ape ancestors: Trigger > Behavior > Reward My self-reward usually involves wine, books, and time to enjoy both. … Continue reading We do what we have been rewarded to do

Recipe: Homemade Chestnut Flour Fettucine with Pumpkin Sausage Sauce

"Jana," you say, "pumpkin and chestnuts are SO Fall 2019 and it is Winter 2020. What are you even doing?!" Ok, so SEO is not my thing, and I am a super basic white girl who, while loving and enjoying the sh*t out of all things fall, believes pumpkin to be delicious and appropriate year-round. … Continue reading Recipe: Homemade Chestnut Flour Fettucine with Pumpkin Sausage Sauce