By the Numbers

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Reading Time: 1 minute67,736 words 143 posts 1 year 0 times fired   Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream …

Learning As Professional Work

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Reading Time: 3 minutesTutors get a bad rap. To clarify: as a profession, they are thought of fine enough; it’s the need of a tutor’s services that gets viewed in a negative light. Regardless of the subject matter, the hiring of a tutor is often seen as a sign that something is wrong with the way things are and steps are being taken …

Most vs Most Important

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Reading Time: 3 minutesRecently, and very much out of the blue, my 8-yr-old son spontaneously sprouted interest in learning and playing the game of chess. Baffled by the request but happy to oblige, I pulled out our chess set and walked him through the various pieces and how they move around the board. For the most part: castling and en passant will be revelations …

High Fidelity

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Reading Time: 3 minutes21 years ago today, I took vows before God, Family, and Friends that instantly gave me a label that I have worn proudly ever since: Husband. Today’s occasion has me thinking about a word and idea that has all but totally disappeared from our modern vocabulary: Fidelity. Google the word “fidelity” and the entire first page of results is devoted …

Audition Day

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Reading Time: 4 minutesI’ve auditioned for exactly one thing before in my entire life. It was a tryout for the basketball team, and I was in 7th grade. My school was a small one — five years later, I graduated with less than 25 others, half of which had been my classmates since 1st grade. In other words, my odds of making the …