vol. 8, num. 12 :: 2009.06.05 — 2009.06.19
Those in the twenty-first century, industrialized world are increasingly dependent upon virtual realities for everyday tasks. Even the practice of typing on a typewriter has less direct mechanical relationship than that of typing on a computer keyboard. In this context, what is the value in choosing to do something by hand, in person, the old-fashioned way?
A life tapestry woven of baking bread and growing food and bearing children.
Spring rolls around again with broken earth and broken promises.
A new movement among women is going back to the basics.
Short film juxtaposes images of destruction and handmade creation.
Chronicling one week of creating something out of something by hand.
On the beauty of choosing the "by hand" way, while honoring the divine purposes of all human activity.
A practical guide for creating a useful craft from days of old.
Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about making things by hand.
The question of whether Google is making us "stoopid" may only begin to assess what we stand to lose.
A reflection on the purposes of hands and how technology can both enhance and hinder those purposes.
On skills, creativity and dependence.
A tradition of boating finds its current home in longing.
The journey of a skill from a hobby to a spiritual discipline.
Brian Dijkema reviews Richard Sennett’s book The Craftsman.
If only holiness were measured by the volume of our incessant chatter, we would be universally praised as the most holy nation on earth. But in our fretful, theatrical piety, we have come to mistake noisiness for holiness, and we have presumed to know, with a clarity and certitude that not even the angels dared claim, the divine will for the world. We have organized our needs with the confidence that God is on our side, now and always, whether we feed the poor or corral them into ghettos. To a nation filled with intense religious fervor, the Hebrew prophet Amos said: You are not the holy people you imagine yourselves to be. Though the land is filled with festivals and assemblies, with songs and melodies, and with so much pious talk, these are not sounds and sights that are pleasing to the Lord. “Take away from me the noise of your congregations,” Amos says, “you who have turned justice into poison.”
"God and Country" in The Boston Globe (July 8, 2007)
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