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Mighty Boys #1: Jean Valjean

If there were just one male role model I could pick for my boy, it might be Jean Valjean. (Who would yours be?) It’s kind of cheating, though, since Victor Hugo created Valjean to represent all humanity, how we relate to God and the people around us. His struggles are our struggles and how he […]

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Mighty Girls #1: Laura Ingalls

Many of my mentors are fictional. Characters in novels whom I not only like but also want to be like. I really like Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, and I’d even enjoy being her for a bit, apart from the lack of modern plumbing, medicine and feminism. But I don’t find myself thinking ‘now, this […]

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New Year’s Guide to Sneaky English

I used to teach a course in legal writing that was famed for its pedantry (not thanks to me – on that occasion I didn’t make the rules). There was half a mark off for every error of any kind – punctuation, spelling, citation, style, everything. Before the first ‘opinion’ (the main kind of assignment […]

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A Patchwork Parenting Manifesto

  Take a deep breath, parents. This is a manifesto of cooperative parenting, and I’m pretty pumped about it. As AHLondon and Angela said the other day, it can be so hard to have an open-minded, open-hearted conversation with other parents about How To Be A Parent. There is so much sensitivity and  defensiveness in […]

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Are Photo Albums a Fantasy?

No philosophy or cultural critique today, just cold, hard practicalities. What on earth am I going to do with our thousands of photos of SBJ? Taking and working with photos of our baby is basically my favourite hobby these days  We have a standard digital camera and I don’t do anything fancy with it, just take […]

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Single #3: Getting Ready to be Single

Sure, most adults eventually marry or enter long-term partnerships, but even more adults in the West spend a considerable period of life as a single person. Actually, I’m just guessing about that, but it’s probably right. I read that nine out of ten American women will be widowed, given statistical life expectancy. Even among Christians, […]

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Rest Like an All Black

Richie McCaw, the All Black captain some call the best rugby player ever, has a plan for winning the next World Cup. It involves a long holiday from rugby. What a wise and counter-cultural choice. In a society that is not only getting busier, but feeling prouder of the acceleration, the relentlessness of our activity, rest […]

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Anticipating the Anticipating: Getting Ready for Advent

Christmas carols start wafting through shops earlier and earlier each year, but this year one thing about Christmas is later than usual. The church season of Advent runs for four or so weeks before Christmas, helping us to imagine life before Jesus, and anticipate the celebrations of his birth. This year it begins on Sunday […]

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Want the Bad News?

There’s too much bad news in the world. And there’s more than there used to be. Go to your usual media source of news and count: how many bad news stories in the top ten? There’s a lot to choose from. There are currently a dozen or so major wars in the world. Whenever you read […]

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Would You Buy a Suit from this Man?

I don’t have time for ads, generally speaking. Largely for this reason, I don’t watch tv except online or on dvd, and I rarely read newspapers and magazines in print anymore. But yesterday I caught up with two contrasting ad campaigns, both for men’s formalwear. (My interest in my husband’s wardrobe makes me more their […]

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