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 our contemporary culture does not readily acknowledge how perpetual motion can dumb down our souls, we do maintain at least the memory that a faithful journey will always lead us back to where we started from, opening our eyes to the potential of a place that we were not able to see before we left it. It takes a trip to Oz for Dorothy to say and say again, “There’s no place like home.” Even when it is reduced to sentimental nostalgia, the sentiment has power because our longings point us homeward…. Christian wisdom about stability points us toward the true peace that is possible when our spirits are stilled and our feet are planted in a place we know to be holy ground. When we get this stability of heart deep down inside of us, real growth begins to happen.
The Wisdom of Stability
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