Archive for January 2021

Comparing soccer and hockey imagery

Comparing soccer and hockey imagery
I was listening to the end of the Chicago Blackhawks‘ latest hockey game tonight when I caught up on some recent BBC stories on the Internet. This collection of expressions in a Radio 4 essay, “End to end with 15 football phrases from around the world,” reminded me of some of the fun jargon from... Read more »

Diaries, normal days, and looking up data

Diaries, normal days, and looking up data
My diary for 2021 is getting lots of data about historic things along with the historical ones, the notes about each days as it becomes history at bedtime. Personally, I will be a bit nervous on Wednesday — from the insurrection or coupĀ on Jan. 6 to impeachment on Jan. 13 to inauguration on Jan. 20,... Read more »

The Bible verse that's puzzling me during the pandemic

The Bible verse that's puzzling me during the pandemic
There is one verse in the New Testament of the Bible that puzzles me these days — more than others, and in a way it didn’t before last March. I ran across it during this morning’s reading, so I can cite it and write about it without the large amount of hunting that I’d have... Read more »
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Yes, that was a coup d'etat (even though it failed)

Yes, that was a coup d'etat (even though it failed)
There’s a lot of arguing about words in the aftermath of Jan. 6’s events at the U.S. Capitol. Was it an insurrection, a riot, an attack, or a coup d’etat? The term “coup d’etat” is, according to my faithful desk dictionary (Webster’s New Twentieth Century), is “a sudden, forceful stroke in politics,” and Jan. 6’s... Read more »

I miss Dr. Balkema's political science classes, especially now

I miss Dr. Balkema's political science classes, especially now
I majored in journalism when I got my B.A. at Valparaiso University. I learned a great deal about writing and reporting in my journalism classes, but also in many other classes; I learned that if I might not get a job as a chemist, for instance, I could at least learn to write sensibly about... Read more »