Top of the Mind Thursday

I’m a bit busy these days — recently back from vacation, getting the keys for a new apartment today, and headed out of the country on Saturday. I don’t want to totally neglect my blog, though, so here are a few things on my mind at the moment. Are you friends with the Journal for […]

Through the Church the Song Goes On: Thank you, John Ferguson

I still remember the first time I heard about St. Olaf College. I was in Montreat, North Carolina at a music and worship conference at which John Ferguson was serving on the faculty. At a dinner, John (who I now know fondly as “Ferg”) suggested I attend St. Olaf College, a small liberal arts college […]

Review: “Putting Away Childish Things” by Marcus Borg

I have never read a novel as didactic and self-conscious as Marcus J. Borg’s Putting Away Childish Things (May 2010, HarperOne), but I thoroughly enjoyed the book and whole-heartedly recommend it. I’ve read many of Marcus Borg’s books, as assignments at St. Olaf College and for fun, and admire his work (even if I don’t always […]

Citizenship and the merits of dead trees

Maybe I’m becoming an old fuddy-duddy, but in recent weeks I’ve found myself speaking glowingly for the old-fashioned dead tree paper edition of the local newspaper. No, it’s not that I think the Grand Forks Herald is a particularly stellar paper, anything but that. I do think it’s unfortunate, however, that subscribing to a local […]

Virtual Choir, Real Art, What Next?

Ok, this is pretty darn cool. The YouTube video below is a virtual choir singing Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque. “Wait, what’s a ‘Virtual Choir’?” you ask? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t heard of it before since, with this piece, Whitacre is breaking new ground. You have to watch the video to really get it, […]

Remembering Katherine Ann Olson

Katherine Ann Olson’s murderer was sentenced this week to life in prison without parole.  Katherine is a fellow St. Olaf College graduate, and the horrific story of her murder last year made national news.  Dubbed “the Craigslist murder” Katherine was responding to a Craigslist ad for a nanny when she was murdered in a suburb […]

Coming soon to a theater near you…*what?!*

(Yup, I’m the chin on the right.) Several people have seen advertisements or previews for a strange music concert thing in which I used to take part and have asked for my take on it. First a few disclaimers: I have no business experience beyond a largely unsuccessful lemonade stand. I know very little about […]