- - Thursday, January 7, 2016

(1) Why the British Tell Better Children’s Stories — Their history informs fantastical myths and legends, while American tales tends to focus on moral realism.

It all goes back to each country’s distinct cultural heritage. For one, the British have always been in touch with their pagan folklore, says Maria Tatar, a Harvard professor of children’s literature and folklore. After all, the country’s very origin story is about a young king tutored by a wizard. Legends have always been embraced as history, from Merlin to Macbeth. “Even as Brits were digging into these enchanted worlds, Americans, much more pragmatic, always viewed their soil as something to exploit,” says Tatar. Americans are defined by a Protestant work ethic that can still be heard in stories like Pollyanna or The Little Engine That Could

(2) Happy 71st anniversary to George, Barbara Bush!

The former first couple has been married longer than any other Presidential couple in U.S. history.

(3) Wheaton College Recommends Terminating Tenured Professor over ‘Same God’ Comments (Christianity Today)

(4) I Have Parkinson’s and I Am at Peace, by Christian theologian Wayne Grudem

(5) In Search of the Next Theodore Roosevelt, by Rick Marschall

The United States needs a Theodore Roosevelt to remind it periodically of its credo, its goals, and its potential. It needs not the visionary babble of cheery politicians, but the stern encouragement and, if needed, chastisement of visionary leaders. If such high ideals will not arise every generation from the masses, thank God that, occasionally, unique individuals arise to rekindle those ideals in our souls.


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