vol. 11, num. 1 :: 2012.01.06 — 2012.01.19
Our annual feast of lists on a wide range of topics, spanning the past year, the past ten years or a lifetime of learning and being.
A challenging year shifts beliefs in some important ways.
Naming the evidence, large and small.
Remembering the year past through a selection of artfully crafted books, albums, films, paintings, beverages and more.
Reflecting on a year of getting healthy without the pressure of New Year’s resolutions.
A move to a new community is marked by shared meals and beverages.
A retrospective of surprising life changes.
Taking a friend’s advice to give time for personal lament.
The riches of literature, discovered throughout Chicagoland.
An eclectic selection from 1933 through 2008.
A list of seasonal comfort foods to warm the whole person.
What the iconic doll taught us beyond -- and sometimes instead of -- playing nice.
A list from Kevin Deutch.
Rebecca Tirrell Talbot recommends three good reads.
Film critic Jeffrey Overstreet posts some of his favorites from the past years, with some words about critics in general.
So do you want to make culture? Find a community, a small group who can lovingly fuel your dreams and puncture your illusions. Find friends and form a family who are willing to see grace at work in one another’s lives, who can discern together which gifts and which crosses each has been called to bear. Find people who have a holy respect for power and a holy willingness to spend their power alongside the powerless. Find some partners in the wild and wonderful world beyond church doors. And then, together, make something of the world.
Note: We’re taking our usual August publishing break so we can rest a bit from the daily pressure of finding an interesting quote to publish for the daily asterisk. We’ll be back on Tuesday, September 1, sending out new quotes every weekday! Thank you, as always, for your support.
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