The Qur’an gives us insight into the Muslim world—as well as the Christian faith

My colleague Fran Leap, a thoughtful and wise explorer of intellect and the human heart as related to the divine, describes her experience as a Christian coming to know a very different holy text– one that comes from an aural rather than scriptural tradition. The Qur’an longs to convince its hearers of the fragile and temporary nature of human life on earth, and of the eternal significance of the life…

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Ten Basic New Media Skills Journalists Need To Know

Word. This list was published in 2008, so it’s unthinkable that student could graduate from a journalism program today without these competencies. I’d have to add “the fundamentals of coding a multimedia project” and I want to add “the ability to mine a database for a story.” With all the new changes brought about by the Internet becoming the publishing platform for all media, journalists now need a few new…

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My Summer Project: A WordPress Website for Stage Right, a Local Non-Profit

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. Stage Right has a 15-year history of quality education and professional local theater. But you wouldn’t know it from their old website… the talented and busy people who maintained the old site would regularly take down old content (such as the announcement of cast lists, or the hiring of a new staff member) and there was no obvious place for them…

Technical Writing Instruction

I haven’t taught a technical writing course in a while… I was thinking of offering it again sometime soon, so I was happy to see the recommendations on the rhet-comp making list, Rhonda McCafferty: There are also good excerpts in David R. Russell’s *Writing in the Academic Disciplines: A Curricular History*. The second edition was published in 2002, but if it’s history of the discipline you’re looking for, I’ve found that this has…

Mom scheduled to serve community service hours for chalk vandalism

Even though both sides share their point-of-views, they agreed on a common ground to help beautify the James River Park System. –NBC12.com A typical TV-news style “send them into the laundry detergent commercial feeling happy” story conclusion, designed to train the viewer to think of TV news as a valuable provider of wisdom and establisher of order. Leaving aside that big-picture issue, let’s pick some nits. if they “share their…

The Rewards of Revenge

According to the data, when men (but not women) watched a defector get punished, they showed additional activation in reward related areas of the brain, such as the ventral striatum and nucleus accumbens. These are essential elements of the dopamine reward pathway, that same highway of nerves that also gets titillated by sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Apparently, we are engineered to get pleasure from punishing those who deserve…