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  • Before The Fall review

    You can immediately feel Hawley’s fingerprint all over this story. The prose is so well crafted and pops with an energy.

  • development gotcha: incorrect data types

    The other day I ran into a code bug that took a while to figure out.  It was so unique (to me) that I thought I’d write about it.

  • Audio book roundup, volume 2

    Ok, it’s that time again: time for another round of recent audio book reviews, as seen over on my GoodReads.

  • Audio book roundup

    I’ve been “reading” a lot of books lately, thanks to the magic of audio books on my phone.  I use the word reading loosely here, since it feels like a lot less work for a slow reader like me. Yet, I can’t argue with the science that confirms that, while listening to the spoken word,…

  • Liturgy and Eucharist

    Liturgy and Eucharist

    For the past several years, I’ve found myself undergoing what can only be described as a thorough reckoning.  “Do I really believe all this stuff?” is a question I would subconsciously ask myself as often as I ate food.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    “Avengers: Endgame” marks the end of a generation of aging nerds like myself.  It stirred up in me so much emotion that I wasn’t prepared for and I can’t wait to see the 3 hour finale again.

  • #BecauseOfRHE, Abe and Jonas

    #BecauseOfRHE, Abe and Jonas

    One of my most precious parenting rituals is reading to my children before their bedtimes. My son is in love with the Magic Tree House series, having read (listened) to probably 90% of the collection twice over by now.

  • Gym Philosophy: return to normal

    Gym Philosophy: return to normal

    “I dunno, I think this is all ok. We got the first black president out of the way. We got the first woman out of the way. Now we got a billionaire president out of the way. Maybe soon we can get back to normal again.” – some dude at my gym one morning

  • Featured on The Engineers’ Tribune

    The engineering community and news outlet website reached out to me to feature my blog.  I appreciate the opportunity! Sponsored by: Amphenol Connectors PEI-Genesis

  • Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

    Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason by Alfie Kohn My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m so enamored with Alfie’s work. It’s validating to hear researchers coming to progressive conclusions about child-rearing. But what struck me the most about this book was how practical and actionable the advice was, how…

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The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism
it was amazing
A sometimes bleak look at Evangelical abuses and corruption from someone deep on the inside, who would know what he’s talking about.
it was amazing
Excellent book, yet another trip down Trump lane. Why do I keep returning to this avenue?! This is actually easy to defend: the attempt to overthrow my government in my generation was a stunning development, one that nearly happened at m…
A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them
it was amazing
This was a fantastic book. It captures the "best" of heartbreaking true crime along with the intrigue of historical political thriller. I was stunned to read — once again — how much racial politics has so deeply informed much of Amer…