The Course of Reason

What to do over winter break?

December 21, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when I was still in college, I used to create projects for myself to accomplish between semesters. Once, I wrote a novel. You’ll never read it because it is horrible, but I did it! Usually I would buy a book or two, download some podcasts, or get together art supplies to make a quilt or other time-consuming activity that was not possible to do while working and going to school. If that is something that you do, or that you want to try this year, here are a few suggestions.

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Medicine: Where Real Miracles Happen Every Day

December 20, 2011 Dave Muscato

As many of you know, I’ve been off the radar the past few days due to a kidney stone. Note: Some of the following will contain some explicit medical descriptions, just to let you know. I’m also still on pain meds, so I apologize in advance if this post is a bit rambling!

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Music Monday: Tilly and the Wall - “Nights of the Living Dead”

December 19, 2011 Cody Hashman

I hope everyone is enjoying their break! I suppose that assumes you are on break. I am, and it feels good, man. Either way, today's Music Monday features a band I heard first when seeing Bright Eyes in concert during the fall of 2004, Tilly and the Wall. I fell in love with the band immediately when their percussion section features three tap dancing women. It was something I had never seen before and absolutely loved it. To seal the deal, and obligate me to purchase their album Wild Like Children they played today's Music Monday song "Nights of the Living Dead."

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Death of a Horseman

December 17, 2011 Chris Burke

We all have those moments, the ones in which we find ourselves unsurprised by the news we have just received, but are shocked and saddened nonetheless. I speak, of course, about the death of Christopher Hitchens. Everyone knew it was coming, that it was only a matter of time. Still, you could feel the sadness flowing in the words that were coming up on my Facebook news-feed.

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Goodbye, Christopher Hitchens, 1949–2011

December 16, 2011 Dren Asselmeier

All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers. 
-Henry David Thoreau

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