Do People Limit Themselves to Classes Like They Are in an RPG?

In an RPG, characters often have a class, which determines a large part of who the character is.

Often these classes not only tell you what role your character plays but also what the character’s limitations are. Fighters can wear most armor and wield most weapons. Clerics and mages can’t, but they usually make . . . → Read More: Do People Limit Themselves to Classes Like They Are in an RPG?

Learning about Art

Yesterday I went to the Des Moines Art Festival with my wife. Vendors from all over the country put their works on display and attempt to sell them, and the variety always amazes me.

There are oil, acrylic, or watercolor paintings. There are photographs. There are ceramic sculptures. There are wood carvings. There are . . . → Read More: Learning about Art

Please Grow Up

Last night, my wife and I saw the movie Inside Out, the latest Pixar film featuring the voices inside an 11-year-old girl’s head.

I enjoyed it, even though I wondered how much children might receive it since it seemed to deal with much larger themes than I can remember comprehending as a child. Then . . . → Read More: Please Grow Up

Revisiting Your Existing Knowledge

I went to a Catholic grade school which included kindergarten all the way through to 8th grade. There was no clear break between grade school and middle school. To me, I went to grade school, then high school.

Often when I tell people about my grade school experience, I realize that people get confused about . . . → Read More: Revisiting Your Existing Knowledge

Consciously Consuming Information Every Day

When I was a child, my parents bought encyclopedias.


We had Funk & Wagnall’s, which is still fun to say. We had Charlie Brown’s ‘Cyclopedia, which is where I learned about fun facts such as Laika being the first animal in space and what the Great Pumpkin is. We had a science-oriented . . . → Read More: Consciously Consuming Information Every Day

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