Let’s start with the major thing we need all need to understand here, the difference between discourse and argument. For my own purposes, I see one major difference: discourse is a place and activity where views and opinions are open to being changed. Arguments are like World War I: gain a few yards at a … More An Introduction to Discourse
“Why do we have to learn this?” is the most frustrating question a student can ask a teacher in a couple scenarios: 1) When a student asks the question out of frustration on a skill they have not mastered quickly, or 2) When, as a teacher, you don’t have a better response than “because it is … More Learn a (seemingly) Useless Skill
In his younger days, my dad attended a folk music circle. There are stories about all kinds of characters, but there was one guy who always gave this advice to newcomers: Learn three songs (well) on an instrument, and everybody will think you area a master. The first song you play will have people encouraging … More Cook Something!
I’m a big fan of team sports. You learn a lot about working with others, working for the benefit of a group instead of yourself, and even how to react in a constructive way when life deals you a bad hand (dumb ref…). I played soccer for a successful high school program, and I played … More Why You Should Think About Picking Up an Endurance Activity
A house isn’t a home without books. A well-known maxim, and something that certainly holds true in my life. If you took the sum total value of of all my possessions, books would certainly make it into the Top 5 things which constitute my current net worth. The big problem with having so many books … More Make Something: The Simple Bookshelf
Of all the household cleaning tasks, none seem as scary and unpleasant as cleaning the bathroom. Let’s face it, the bathroom is gross. The bathroom is where you go to scrub, brush, spit, exfoliate, and generally cleanse yourself. That means all of the…um…byproducts…spend their time in the bathroom. Well, I’m here to give you some … More Molehills, Not Mountains: Cleaning the Bathroom
As I went through middle and high school, if you had asked me what my favorite subject in school, that was no-brainer: English. Least favorite subject? Just as easy: Math. I didn’t like the rigidity I felt in math class, and I didn’t like formulaic way in which many teachers would show you a single … More Re-connect with Math
Knots are useful, and not just for sailors, climbers, backpackers, or the military! There are an amazing array of knots to learn, and Animated Knots is a great place to learn different knots for different uses. Here are four knots I find useful for just about anything from making a necklace to strapping something down to … More 4 Knots Everyone Should Know for Everyday Life
During the medieval period the overwhelming authority in the western world was the (Catholic) Church, and many of the rulers of the numerous kingdoms, clans, and other feudal provinces often claimed divine right to rule. Often times they did this with the backing of the Church. As a result, most of the stories, epics, tales, … More 4 Books You Should Read to Understand References: Medieval
In 1979 The Buggles declared, with pop-music audacity, that “Video Killed the Radio Star.” In 1981, the declared it absolutely, as the first aired music video on MTV. For a long time it was hard to argue the English pop band’s point, but I am here to say that, for the Renaissance Human, radio may … More Video Killed the Radio Star?