JBB’s Final Thought 24-Article: What Do People Really Mean When They Say… “Everything Happens for a Reason…”

Everything happens for a reason, I’ve pretty much lived my whole life believing that to be true. Alas, one generally doesn’t think about such things or hear those words except when things have gone horribly wrong and one is trying to figure out where it all went to hell. It’s probably part of my optimistic American upbringing to respond to difficulty, set-backs and failure with … Continue reading JBB’s Final Thought 24-Article: What Do People Really Mean When They Say… “Everything Happens for a Reason…”

When You’re a Stranger in a Strange Land

Daily Random Shit for 2016-02-01: When You’re a Stranger in a Strange Land I have a number of intelligent conservative friends who unapologetically vote Republican. I like that they have the freedom to choose, just like I do. But when I see this level of hate and scapegoating, I have to wonder what these friends, whom I respect, must think. Is this really what is … Continue reading When You’re a Stranger in a Strange Land

Religion in the Classroom: A Video Reflection (1993)

Religion in the Classroom: A Video Reflection (1993) In 1993, during my teacher-credential training I produced this video to address the notion of how one might teach religion in the public school classroom. Even in 1993 this was a controversial subject and probably not something one should publish as one was trying to get employment in the school system. This video was also produced without … Continue reading Religion in the Classroom: A Video Reflection (1993)

Thru Tel Aviv – Kutiman Remixes a City

Music that moves the soul is a gift in these times we live in… hell, it’s a gift anytime we are lucky enough to find it in our path in life. What is most mysterious is how unrelated video snippets can so reveal the power of the human soul when weaved together by a master with the ear to hear this often-hidden-beauty. I’ve been enjoying … Continue reading Thru Tel Aviv – Kutiman Remixes a City

The Modern Scholar: Tolkien and the West by Professor Michael Drout

As a wanna-be-writer, graduate with a degree in ancient texts (Biblical Studies) and a lover of the world of Tolkien I found Professor Drout’s 5-hour lecture on Professor Tolkien, his world and his works to be a wonderful mix of academic discourse presented in almost conversational tone, both comfort and approachable. There’s a lot here for the fan of the books, the movies and even … Continue reading The Modern Scholar: Tolkien and the West by Professor Michael Drout

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer & The Community of Friends

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer Turns out that famous recording artists are people with all the flaws, failings and feelings of everyone else you’ve ever known. As much as that should be a “duh,” I was pretty disappointed after Melissa Etheridge’s jilted partner aired dirty laundry about how Etheridge saved her emotions for her songs. That disclosure, true or not, soured my appreciation … Continue reading The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer & The Community of Friends