Monthly Archives: August 2012

Are You a Catholic School Survivor?

I stumbled across this nostalgic look back on my Catholic school experience on my hard drive. I vaguely recall having published it online (in 2010?), but I forget where. At the time I wrote it I was angry about some of the rhetoric directed against alternatives to the current public school system like vouchers, school […]

Another condensed poem from Reader’s Digest.

Time for another condensed poem from Reader’s Digest, complete with footnotes! Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening Robert Frost Whose woods are these? I don’t know! I just came see some snow. My little horse thinks I’m queer* But I kinda like it here, All by myself in the cold. * The horse […]

Class in America: The Clerical Class

When an American says “I’m a layman”, he usually means that he is not an expert in something. The phrase however originally refers to someone who is not a member of the ordained clergy of a Christian denomination. When I lived in Europe I was confused by how people used the term “layman”. Italians would […]

The Lady and the Scale (Part 2)

Yesterday I explained why I deviated from my original plan to choose one of the many Renaissance allegories of truth as a banner image for this blog. Today I’ll explain why I went with Vermeer’s Woman with a Balance. In part I chose it just because I like Vermeer. Italian paintings, with their heroic figures […]

The Lady and the Scale (Part 1)

When I came up with my blog name, Truth and Tolerance, I wanted to find an image for the header that expressed my attitudes about the idea of ‘truth’. I had the good fortune to live in Italy for a bit, where I gained some familiarity with Renaissance art. (It is impossible to live in […]

I registered to vote… will I still respect myself in the morning?

Last week, under intense lobbying from friends and family, I finally broke down and registered to vote. I consoled myself by thinking that at just because I am registered doesn’t mean I actually have to get off my comfy couch and drive to the polls, nor even sit through televised debates in order to discern […]

Of Blind Men and Elephants

In the Udana, Buddha tells a story: A wise king, in order to prove a point, brings five blind men into his palace and has them touch an elephant. He then interviews them asking “So, what do you think of elephants? Pretty neat, huh?” Each blind man enthusiastically describes the elephant according to the part of the animal […]