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Range Finding by Robert Frost I think Robert Frost’s poem, “Range Finding” is deceptively simple in many ways but still thought provoking. First of all, you can identify it as a Petrarchan Sonnet because of the eight-line then pivot and six-line structure. A Petrarchan Sonnet will typically discuss an... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Eucatastrophe Reader
Seven Types of Atheism REVIEW One often hears people referring to “Christians” as though that term described a singular point of view. In reality, we know that there are many kinds and many denominations of Christianity. There are Lutherans, Pentecostals, Quakers, Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, and Anglicans to name a few.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
A Divided Poet REVIEW David Sanders’ book A Divided Poet: Robert Frost, North of Boston, and the Drama of Disappearance is a thought provoking look at Robert Frost’s conflicted relationship with the subjects of the poems in North of Boston. Each of the poems in the book receives some form... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
One More Kiss REVIEW Amor ti vieta di non amar. La man tua lieve, che mi respinge, cercava la stretta della mia man: la tua pupilla esprime: T'amo se il labbro dice: Non t'amero! Translation Love forbids you not to love That gentle hand that repulses me sought the pressure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Lectures in School Keeping by Samuel Reed Hall (1829) Samuel Read Hall (October 27, 1795 – June 24, 1877) was an educator and later clergyman who wrote the first teachers training manual for teachers in the United States (published in 1829 with a companion volume for female teachers in 1832).... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Code By Robert Frost REVIEW “The town-bred farmer failed to understand” Robert frost’s poem is about communication in farming culture but it applies to communication in any work culture where bosses and the people who work for them have to communicate with one another (like the place where... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Influential Mind REVIEW Imagine hooking a wire from one mouse’s brain to another and asking mouse one to learn something that mouse two can benefit from. Sound like something from a science fiction novel? And yet it is not. Indeed, we can now wire one human up to another... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Black Cottage by Robert Frost REVIEW I have always liked this poem. To me it is about truth that does not change and people who pretend that it can. The sons promise to come back to the cottage but the minister says “it will be hard for them... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Death of a Hired Man by Robert Frost There is a lot going on in this poem. Warren and Mary (husband and wife) are discussing what to do with Silas, the hired man who has returned and collapsed near the barn. Mary has invited him in and he now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Mending Wall by Robert Frost Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast. The work of hunters is another thing: I have come after them and made repair... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
October by Robert Frost O hushed October morning mild, Thy leaves have ripened to the fall; To-morrow's wind, if it be wild, Should waste them all. The crows above the forest call; To-morrow they may form and go. O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Dietrich Bonhoeffer REVIEW “As the couple took in the hard news that the good man who was their son was now dead, so too many English took in the hard news that the dead man, who was a German, was good.” The biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a story riven... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Up late. Thinking about poetry. Waiting—Afield at Dusk by Robert Frost What things for dream there are when spectre-like, Moving among tall haycocks lightly piled, I enter alone upon the stubble field, From which the laborers’ voices late have died, And in the antiphony of afterglow And rising full moon,... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Great Awakening Documents on the Revival of Religion 1740-1745 REVIEW This volume of primary sources, assembled and edited by Richard Bushman, captures the zeitgeist of this pivotal period in American history in approximately forty well-selected and contextualized separate documents. The viewpoints are representative of both ministers and congregants and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Revivalism and Separatism in New England: 1740-1800 REVIEW C.C. Goen’s account of the 60 year period after the arrival of George Whitefield to the American colonies (1740) details the fascinating story of the “fractalization” of American Christianity [I invented that word I think]. It would be a mistake to infer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Records of the Ira Baptist Church Benevolent Sewing Society Last week, I purchased a hand-written book of records of the Ira Baptist Church Benevolent Sewing Society. The organization was founded in May of 1847 and the record book contains annual sermons and reports, the constitution of the society, and minutes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Damsel REVIEW If someone could have gotten Mark Twain to write the script for a Thomas Hardy novel, this is what I think it would look like. The entire movie has Hardy’s dark pessimism about it but the characters and plot are all straight out of Twain’s wicked sense of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Great Awakening REVIEW It is always so fascinating to me to discover where an idea, now manifested in an institution or assortment of institutions, was actually born. Thomas Kidd’s book The Great Awakening takes the reader back to the point in American history (specifically, 1740) where the established American... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Three Identical Strangers REVIEW Every family has secrets. There is something that one partner knows that the other does not. There is something the parents know that the kids do not. There is something that the kids know that the parents do not, or that only one parent knows. There... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
The Past REVIEW In the first scene of this movie, a former husband and wife, separated for four years, gets into a car and begins to back up out of their parking place. He has returned to sign off on their divorce so that she can remarry. His return, as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Teacher Man REVIEW After thirty years of teaching, Frank McCourt headed out the d%oor of his last school into retirement. Someone said to him “You should write a book.” He did. “When I taught in New York City high schools for 30 years,” McCourt writes, “No one but my students... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Far from the Tree REVIEW I can’t really do a better job describing this book/documentary than you will find HERE. But in short, consider all the different ways that a parent might find themselves raising a child who is unimaginably different than what they expected that a child of theirs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Darkness Falls on the Land of Light REVIEW I will let the author of this book, Douglas Winiarski, summarize what his book is about. Darkness Falls on the Land of Light examines the breakdown of New England Congregationalism and the rise of American evangelicalism during the eighteenth century. It is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Breath REVIEW Tim Winton’s Breath is a story about addiction. Not to drugs or booze but to danger and adrenaline. It is about two Australian boys who are introduced to the chemical highs of surfing beyond the limits of safety. Pikelet and Loonie are in their early teens when they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader
Backstabbing for Beginners REVIEW “Corruption is paid for by the poor”  - Pope Francis. Backstabbing for Beginners is a primer in global corruption. In this case it is at the U.N. but it could be about the impact of corruption anywhere. Based on the experience of Michael Soussan, a mid-level... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2019 at Eucatastrophe Reader