Weekend Coffee Share: Bakhtin, Bonsai, and Br. Monday

If we were having coffee, it would be early in the morning so we could enjoy the balcony without any bugs. I might even make sure to pour out any excess water from the bonsai and mutter about mosquitoes and Zika interspersed between apologies for not having a coffee share since December. December! If we … More Weekend Coffee Share: Bakhtin, Bonsai, and Br. Monday

Original Child Bomb

On August 9th another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, though Hiroshima was still burning. – Thomas Merton On this day in 1945, the city of Nagasaki was bombed. In 1961, the priest-poet, Thomas Merton, responded with the “anti-poem,” “Original Child Bomb,” named after the Japanese word for the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. You can read … More Original Child Bomb

Lectio Resources

This past Monday, we looked at a monktastic way to read literature. So much of our daily reading is centered on gaining information quickly and with minimal effort. That’s not necessarily bad in itself since we need breaks and different levels of attention and some work should be done as efficiently as possible. But if … More Lectio Resources

How to Read Literature Like a Monk

I mentioned last Monday that I sometimes apply the monastic method of lectio divina (sacred reading) to the first few times I read a poem. Following Parker Palmer’s suggestion that students need contemplative reading practices to balance the institutional leaning toward shallow “speed reading,” Mike Ruso and Paul Corrigan developed a variant of lectio for literature that … More How to Read Literature Like a Monk

Ten Bookish People You Should Follow on Twitter

Looking for something more from social media than vapid selfies and food pics? Well, then this is the post for you. Today, along with the community over at The Broke and Bookish, we’re looking at ten bookish people you should follow on Twitter right now! Digital Humanities Do you like pictures? Well, do the medievalists … More Ten Bookish People You Should Follow on Twitter

Learning from Scholastica

Last year, my favorite sister’s special day nearly passed me by. That’s not going to happen this year. Here’s my nuntastic post on Scholastica that was a day late on February 11th 2015.   Yesterday was Scholastica’s feast day. The little that we know about her comes from a delightful short narrative in Gregory’s Dialogues: [Benedict’s] … More Learning from Scholastica