WitGlass Unfiltered #87: WitGlass Original Poetry—Every Day on Earth

In this episode of *WitGlass Unfiltered,* I discuss some miscellany related to the mission of WitGlass, to the recent Hurricane Florence, and to our new dog Matilda Jane Huntington. I also present the first public reading of the first draft of a recent poem, “Every Day on Earth.”

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WitGlass Unfiltered #86: Matilda Jane Huntington, Welcome to the Family

It’s been only two weeks since the last episode, so I’m warming back up. Today I talk about two—yes, two—small lot coffees from Trader Joe’s, and I delve into more about why I despise Evernote. My complaints about Evernote may seem small, but I believe that in reality, they affect the entire service experience. I provide a brief teaser about how to fix America’s dismal education system. And I offer an exciting announcement for our family.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #72: The Essential Place of Morality in Education

Morality is an essential feature of sound education. Those who try to distance education from morality are inherently undercutting quality education, because in arguing that morality does not belong in education, they are using a moral argument to argue against morality by saying that its inclusion in education is immoral, thereby starting education with logical inconsistency and destroying the foundation of what they claim to be defending. Plus I talk about coffee.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #69: Life is Bright

In this episode, I discuss the difficulties of life along with a reminder that life isn’t all dark clouds and lightning bolts. It is full of beauty and light and love and kindness—and we can choose to enjoy it or not. Plus I talk about Napoleon Hill and read a couple hymn lyrics.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #66: We are All Broken

Every one of us is damaged, an imperfect version of humanity, and if we want to participate in civilized discourse, we must be honest about this reality. Recent events in Charlottesville, VA, and around the country draw out the importance of admitting our own weaknesses and flaws, and treating other people fairly means recognizing the log in our own eye. This episode addresses the idea of the brokenness in each of us, and I read some original poetry related to this idea, including a poem titled “Racial Unrest,” written nearly a year-and-a-half prior to this episode.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #65: Thoughtful Culture and Ordinary Rituals

In this episode, I go all in on coffee. I discuss coffee preparations. I discuss coffee rituals. I discuss the best coffee shops in Charlotte, North Carolina. And I discuss the importance of sustaining existing healthy culture and creating new healthy culture.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #63: Back-to-School Musings 2017

In this episode, in honor of the start of the 2017-2018 school year, I discuss some basic education principles. I read from *Leftism: From de Sade and Marx to Hitler and Marcuse.* I also read from *The Art of Thinking.* I reference *The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.* And fundamentally I defend rationality and rational discussion, which begins with truth and  honesty.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #38: For the Love of Reading

In this episode, I return to education to talk about the failure of schools to teach students to read beyond the basic skill of reading individual words. There is so much more that students could do with their reading, if schools would continue teaching their students advance reading techniques. If schools did, students would enjoy school—and more importantly, learning—and they would get so much more out of the experience. That’s what this episode is about.

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WitGlass Unfiltered #37: Storytelling as the Basis for Civilized Discourse

In previous episodes about civilized discourse, I have already described the importance of truth-telling, but of course there is more to it than that. Mankind was built to tell stories. In order to properly understand the importance of civilized discourse and how to engage in it properly, we must understand the importance of not only storytelling, but also storyhearing. Too often, we spend our time wanting to tell our own story, without hearing the other party’s story. In this episode I discuss that, as well as the inherent flaws in the design of Twitter that make both storytelling and storyhearing extremely difficult (if not nearly impossible), and therefore why Twitter is—by nature of its very design—an enemy of civilized discourse.

 

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 36

In this episode, I discuss some guidelines for creating good-tasting coffee. Then I discuss important principles for planning summer education initiatives for our children. I also discuss the importance of getting out of the way of our children/students when they are striving to learn.

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 31

The apps and services listed here are the ones that I actually use in developing and maintaining the website and podcast. If you see it listed here, I love it. I don’t keep using any app or service I don’t love. Every app and every service has limitations—some more annoying or frustrating than others. But if it’s on this list, you can be sure that on the whole, I love it.

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 24

Memorial Day is usually celebrated as a holiday of joy and relaxation, but it is—at least in its origins—more importantly a day of remembrance of the ones we’ve lost. These are not necessarily contradictory ideas, however. I address the nature of Memorial Day, along with the problem of treating systems as if they are agnostic—or worse, as if they bear causational responsibility for our own errors.

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WitGlass Unfiltered - Episode 22

In this episode, I talk about some new features coming to the website, James Blount’s album *Moon Landing,* and a couple annoyances about education. I wanted to get to headlines, but I took too long on the rest of it—so, next time we’ll talk headlines.

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