Some Saturday Sundries

The blog has been a bit quiet lately, for many reasons. First, I suppose, is this little thing called school which continues to go well but certainly keeps me busy. A close second, however, is the amount of time it takes to find a job/call. Friends in last year’s senior class warned me about how […]

Reading Week Happy Hour!

“Reading Week” at Columbia Seminary can be roughly translated to, “a teaser of a week during which you’ll have even more work than usual.” My final reading week at Columbia was exactly that — with the added teaser of some really beautiful spring weather outside. That said, in my giddiness of slaying Carlos’ multiple-choice beast, […]

How to Suit a Lanky Student?

image by shortshrifted Where does Waldo get his suits? Or Uncle Sam? Or Abe Lincoln impersonators? I ask, because, buying suits for real tall skinny guys is darn hard, especially if said guy has a small slim wallet. My quest for a good-fitting suit (is it really “well-fitting”??) began more than a year ago, before […]

On Question Asking, Job Interviews, and Raised Inflections, You Know?

Do you like asking questions? I wonder if you like asking questions more or less than me? What sorts of questions do you like to ask? Do you have particular questions you like asking at job interviews, or when you meet new people, or when the conversation lags? A recent success of mine was: if […]

Too Taxing to be Accurate?

Scott Simon, in his essay “A Simpler Tax Code” last week on NPR put it well:  “the U.S. tax code is 67,204 pages long — about as long as 112 copies of James Joyce’s Ulysses. And just about as comprehensible.” I’ve spoken to several of my brightest friends. These folks hold masters degrees, preach inspiring […]

Pretty Darn Cool

h/t to Dan and yourfonts.com

Not a Newsletter Column

This is not a newsletter column. Or, at least, not like I hope to write them one day. My newsletter columns will have a clear beginning, middle, and end — like the old ham sandwich my elementary teachers used to say exemplified a good essay. This post, on the other hand, is more of a […]

A Romantic View

For some reason this college essay popped into my mind recently.  Here it is, slightly revised (and needing more). Finally it’s empty. I walk by often. Usually, it is already taken, rudely filled with the backpack and books of another student. Nearly every time I pass, a new thief reclines in my chair and enjoys […]

The Greening of Detroit

The 2009 North American International Auto Show took place this week in Detroit (yeah, I know, strange name — at least baseball doesn’t call it the North American World Series). The big story out of the show, besides the fact that the Detroit three are in pretty dire financial straits and the good-looking new Taurus, […]