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Who Made Us?

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The awesomest thing about my child’s Lutheran School so far is that every day they focus on very core questions: How do we treat others? Where did we all come from? Where do we go when we die?

We were riding the bicycle back from school yesterday afternoon and Rhett asked me: “Who made you?” I said “Grandma and Grandpa.” He says, “Well, who made all of us?” OH!  At school all day, they talk about how Jesus/God made everyone and everything. He was asking about that. (more…)

Why would you want to make your work easier to copy?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Maybe you don’t. But possibly you want to bring more voices into the game? How do you help people more easily reproduce your work? How do you lower barriers to entry? If you have to put walls up around your work, does that mean you are doing something wrong?

Below are a couple videos that talk about the new landscape of peer production, easy person to person communication, and distributed rather than hierarchical organization. They tell a lot of the story of why we are spending time lately on developing kits.

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Thoughts on the Evolution of Dance for Me and My Species

Friday, June 12th, 2009

My relationship with dancing has gone through a series of deaths and rebirths. Always on the move. Now that I think about it, my earliest memory of dance is watching my brother dancing around to a Peter, Paul, and Mary record at a relative’s apartment. We were probably five years old. And I remember the sound of her sing-song-proper voice telling my mom, “What a wonderful dancer Michael was.” He was half joking around, but he was definitely feeling it. (more…)

love everyone.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Another guest post by Danielle Applestone.

Background: Rhett is my 4.5 year old son. We’ve just moved to a new city, and haven’t quite found the right childcare option. We aren’t religious in any organized sense, and definitely not Lutheran, but the folks at the neighborhood Lutheran school seemed to be competent and caring (and their school was very clean), so he is going there for the summer.

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When I drop Rhett off for school, I feel like 1 part undercover agent, 1 part curious alien, 1 part worried mother. (more…)

Church is Our Classroom Part VIII: Abundant Life Church

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Abundant Life Church
Pentecostal
May 31, 2009
http://alccambridge.org/

It was a perfect Sunday morning. I had gotten there first and was definitely nervous opening the door. Based on the website, out of all the churches we’d been so far, I knew that our outsider status would be most obvious here. The second I stepped inside, a man greeted me with a firm handshake and a “Good morning, brother.” And then another past the vestibule. As I went to sit somewhere near the back, a woman gently ushered me up the aisle, inviting me to get closer. (more…)

A Center-Centric—Centered Blogpost about Centerness

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

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Several weeks ago, we paid the Central Square Theater a visit to see The Life of Galileo, a readaptation of Berthold Brecht’s play. For the most part, this particular piece of theater fell short of emotionally penetrating me. In the second half, though, it’s ordered turbulence did trigger a series of bifurcations in my musings. Amid all this talk of heliocentrism and geocentricism, the question hit me, What’s so great about being in the center? People were burned at the stake for saying that man was not at the center of the solar system. It feels like a great place to be, but why? We feel important there, but why? (more…)

Future Commerce Hypotheses

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

You can set up shop anywhere you want.

You can set up shop anywhere you want.

Everything is changing they say. So what is next? If we wanted to make some guesses about the future of commerce, what would they be? Or what would we hope might arise? There would be 2 sides to the questions, 1] what we hope(value judgments) and 2] what we think might be forced by the changes in connectivity(practical observations).
These will try to focus on the practical observations.
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Church is our Classroom VII: Mass in Washington National Cathedral

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

A very boranj report to get some thoughts out.
Washington National Cathedral
Episcopalian

Went to DC to attend a wedding of an old roomate and friend Jack Holloway, and also to check out mass at the Washington National Cathedral. (more…)

Grandpa’s Information

Monday, June 1st, 2009

A guest post by Danielle Applestone.

rhett in my laundry basket

rhett in my laundry basket

This happened about six months ago, and I just had to get up in the middle of the night and write it down. My son was about 3.5 years old at the time.

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Last night, while my son and I were laying in bed, we were talking and then he fell silent. I was glad that he was finally relaxing. Then he said, “momma, where are you when you die?” I’ve been thinking about what I would say to him for several weeks now. I thought I would just tell him things that were concrete. It occurred to me in a microsecond that if I tell him about ‘heaven’ and all that, that is what he will probably believe his whole life. I realized that at this moment, whatever comes out of my mouth is going to turn into complete reality for him, at least for many many years.

This is how our conversation went, more or less:
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