Beauty and Christ: A Reflection on What it Means to Be Human

We inhabit a culture of terrible ugliness. Not only metaphorically—though there is plenty of ugly behavior, ugly politics, ugly thoughts and words—but also literal, physical ugliness, ugliness to which we have become desensitized and comfortably numb. I won’t dishearten you by parading out examples or generalizations; if you’re still reading this, you likely already knowContinue reading “Beauty and Christ: A Reflection on What it Means to Be Human”

Pop Music, Taylor Swift, and Storytelling

If you are a woman or know any women between the ages of about 18 and 35, odds are you’ve heard about Taylor Swift re-recording and re-releasing her old albums. (I don’t fully understand the legal reasons, but the short version is she didn’t have ownership of the original master tracks of her songs.) LastContinue reading “Pop Music, Taylor Swift, and Storytelling”

Tune Your Harps to Cheerful Strains

There’s a famous dictum that comes out of the early days of coding and computer building: garbage in, garbage out. In its original context, it had to do with a phenomenon where poor input data resulted in flawed outputs. Growing up, though, I heard it most often applied to music, of all things. Most ofContinue reading “Tune Your Harps to Cheerful Strains”