December 30, 2013 Let's have dinner… and talk about death. There's an invitation you're not likely to turn down! In reality, it's a suggestion offered by The Conversation Project to encourage people toward meaningful interactions. Their premise: too often, discussions revolve around trivialities, important to no one, rather than to substantial […]
Death Over Dinner
Merry Christmas from the Shank Family!
December 23, 2013 Merry Christmas from the Shank Family! You’re looking at the guest list for Christmas, in our world. Daughter Shannon is on the left, with Bates, and their sons Jackson and Houston. That’s Erin on the right, with Jason and their three: Max, Cate and Avery. We’re waiting on our 12th member: Erin […]
A Merry Little Christmas
December 16, 2013 Have yourself a merry little Christmas… Recognized in 2007 as the third-most-recently-performed Christmas song in America, it’s a piece of advice that runs in the audio background of our crowd-intense December wanderings. Written by Hugh Martin, it was introduced in the movie Meet Me in St. […]
December 9, 2013 What’s on your Christmas wish-list this year? One tragedy of contemporary American life is the nature of The List. Scan it, quickly: for most people, the things on The List would fit in the trunk of your car, or – in the age of wide screens – the […]
December 2, 2013 They could all be wrong… but they can’t all be right. When notable people have different opinions about the same thing, the listening world is faced with a choice. If the subject is abstract theory, it can be a game; if the point of conflict is a philosophy […]