MONDAY MIX – 1/29/18

A few years ago, I attended a conference presentation during which audience members were asked to construct a metaphor to represent our experiences as students.  No one had ever asked me to do this, so I was intrigued, but pretty stumped.  Then I remembered my old boom box, with its radio and dual cassette deck–I always kept a blank tape handy, ready to press “record” whenever something caught my ear.  I realized that I did the same in the classroom, gathering bits and pieces from various sources, often without an idea of how–or even if!–those pieces would fit together. That was the joy of making and sharing mix tapes; when crafted thoughtfully, they were greater than the sum of their parts.  

In that same spirit, I share a weekly “mix” of articles, recipes, book recommendations, and ideas in the hopes that something I share might fit into your own personal, ever-evolving collage. 

Have something you think I might be interested in?  I’d love to hear about it.  Share it here.


-Here’s your reminder that reporters are heroes and that local newspapers are important; this New York Times piece details the painstaking investigative work that Indianapolis Star reporters did, ultimately leading to the arrest and now conviction of Larry Nassar.


-I made this bread on Sunday and it is really freaking delicious.  In general, I have great success with recipes that Tim (of Lottie & Doof fame) recommends, and this was no exception; not at all difficult to put together, super gratifying to pull out of the oven.  You’ll probably need to go to the store for bread flour, heavy cream, & nonfat dry milk powder, but I can promise you it’s worth it.  Most decadent Monday morning toast ever.


-My wife, Jill, is offering an online course on Eastern Religions!  Content will include Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism & Shinto, so if you’ve been intrigued by these religions in the past or have always wanted to know more about them, I highly recommend this class.  Obviously I’m biased, but Jill has a reputation as a teacher for bringing complex ideas to life and making them relatable for her students.  She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and over twenty years of experience teaching on these topics; registration is open through Wednesday, January 31st, so sign up now!


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