This Week’s Bag of Tricks

I’ve got a bag full of tricks to share today.

Hari Kondobulu’s work has got my attention recently. Especially his album he recorded in Portland and his Podcast with W. Kamau Bell.

“Design Your Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is a great book regardless of where you are in your career path. Learn more about it here.

Lofikeyboard is the gadget that has my attention this week.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Krista Tippett’s OnBeing episode on “This Is Your Brain on Sex.” I think there are some really helpful insights in this podcast despite its complete, and surprising, lack of any mention of relationship that isn’t heterosexual. There is stuff in here worth translating for a more diverse audience.

This short post really gets to the heart of “The Myth of Redemptive Violence.”

Then the goat was beaten with reeds and thorns and driven out into the desert. And the people went home rejoicing, just as European Christians did after burning a supposed heretic at the stake, or white Americans did after the lynching of black men. Whenever the “sinner” is excluded, our ego is delighted and feels relieved and safe. It sort of works, but only for a while. Usually the illusion only deepens and becomes catatonic, blind, and repetitive—because of course, scapegoating did not really work to eliminate the evil in the first place.

Finally. This. Is. So. Good. Feist’s new album.

Thanks for reading.

-Wess


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Wess

...is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC., PhD in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, served as a "released minister" at Camas Friends Church, and father of three. He enjoys sketchnoting, sharing conversation over coffee with a friend, listening to vinyl and writing creative nonfiction.