I write so many things that I cannot polish and publish them all, so this place is a repository for random ramblings. Perhaps someday I will draw on some of them for finished products; but since many are timely or might otherwise never see the light of day, I feel it makes sense to put them here in case they might be of use to somebody else. (Not for plagiarizing, of course!) For a list of my publications, go to www.docsoc.com. Enjoy.
Dr. Huibing He works "to cultivate a core of Chinese pastors in the ministry of pastoral care and Christian arts." An Asian Christian Art Association member, she studied painting, drawing, and art theory in Guangzhou and Nanjing, China, and taught applied church art and Christian art history at Nanjing Theological Seminary (1985–92). After moving to the United States, Dr. He became pastor of First Chinese United Methodist Church, Duluth, Georgia. Since 2000 she has been pastor of First United Methodist Church, Port Jefferson, New York. An accomplished artist, she has had her work exhibited in China, Hong Kong, Austria, and the United States as well as published in more than a dozen books and magazines. Click here to see her Website.
by Joel Marks December 29, 2015 It’s nothing short of a miracle. Pressure points, aka trigger points – have you heard of them? I could not tell you what the underlying physiology is. But I learned about them in practice from a good friend of mine, who is a masseur and also the creator of a line of simple tools for self-massage. When a number of years ago I began noticing that sign of exceeding the normal lifespan of Homo erectus, namely, lower back pain, Allan gave me a squash ball to place between my back and the wall and then roll across. The aim was to discover a pressure point which was somehow responsible for the “referred pain” in my back. After some experimenting I found a spot on one side of my spine, seeming to be in a cord that ran up and down the side of my back parallel to the spine (there being another cord on the other side as well). How did I know it was “the” spot? Because it hurt sharply when the ball rolled over it. Lo and behold, after doing this for no
The other day an old friend told me of her regret about the decision she had made in her early life to go to graduate school A rather than graduate school B, because it may have shut off some career opportunities. Philosopher that I am, I immediately dismissed her concern by pointing out that her beloved daughter would not even exist had my friend made a different decision. My friend did not at first see the connection, so I explained that I was referring to the utter contingency of which sperm meets which egg; so the slightest alteration of prior conditions would mean a different person, or no person, would have been born. Although she then saw what I was getting at, this did not lift her regret. I chalked it up to the usual irrationality of nonphilosophers (which also includes all philosophers when they revert to being just plain people, which is really just about all of the time, even in their professional role). But some musing on another subject has now given me a differ
OK, this is not a new theory of the Trump Presidency. From the very first it was speculated that he had become an accidental president, never expecting to win and perhaps not even wanting to, but with some ulterior motive most likely linked to marketing the Trump brand in his future business dealings. Of course there were also darker murmurings (and indications) that he was a Manchurian candidate … perhaps even an unintentional and totally befuddled one more along the lines of Being There . But Trump’s behavior since losing the election to Biden has been (and continues to be as I write) so off the wall, so seemingly intended to make him look as bad and bonkers and just plain pathetic as possible, as to suggest, and indeed support another theory I myself (along with others, no doubt) had entertained from the very start, which is that he’s doing it just for a joke, just for the sport. Basically he wants to see just how far somebody can go in putting one over on people.