Archive | December 2015

Logical Life Lessons Vol. 2

After the fun and craziness of Christmas, and looking forward to the new year, I feel it is time for another life lesson of the logical variety to start the year off on a logical note. Amid the aftermath of the sugary sweets and gratuitous gift-giving it can be easy to let our thinking parts stagnate in a simmering stew of simplicity. All alliteration aside (oops, I did it again), it’s important to always be thinking and engaging intentionally with others and the world around us. So without further ado, here’s this week’s lesson. Read More…

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In Which I Talk About Politics (or Who’s Running This Goat Rodeo Anyway?)

goat rodeo

noun

A situation involving several people, each with a different perception of what is going on and with competing agendas.

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It’s time for that most popular and hated of topics, the subject that always manages to sneak its way into family gatherings in some way shape or form: politics. I hate politics with a passion. And not for the reason you might think. I don’t hate politics because they are divisive, I don’t hate them because I have this one weird relative who always takes the opposite side of the rest of the family and makes things awkward, no I have a much simpler reason for hating politics. It may be a surprise, or it may be surprisingly simple and obvious, but I hate politics because they’re full of politicians.

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Why Everyone Should Take a Class on the Holocaust

Another semester of higher education is behind me, and as always I feel somewhat overwhelmed by all the things I’ve learned the past few months. Of all the classes I took this semester, by far the most challenging was my Holocaust class. This class was recommended to me by one of my favorite professors, so I knew it was going to be good, and it was an honors class, so I knew it would be academically rigorous. What I wasn’t prepared for was how challenging it would be to me personally. In learning about the things that went on and the ideologies behind them, I was challenged to reevaluate the way I see many things in contemporary culture, and even my own life. There are many things I could go into about the Holocaust and the social makeup of pre-war Germany as well as Nazi Germany and the world at large prior to and during World War II, and those historical tidbits are fascinating and important, but what I’m left with after an entire semester looking at accounts and case studies of perpetrators and victims of the Holocaust is a burden to make sure that we never forget what happened, never forget the stories of survivors, and never forget that it could happen again — because it must not. Read More…

Logical Life Lessons Vol. 1

One of my favorite classes this semester has been a logic class that I initially took as an alternative to math and quickly grew to love. One of my favorite things about logic is that, unlike higher-level math, it has uses in the everyday lives of people who are not rocket scientists, engineers, or Albert Einstein. As I was thinking back about some of the ways logic applies to everyday life, I was inspired to share some of them with you, so I will be writing a few installments that I like to call, “Logical Life Lessons” because if you haven’t noticed, I like alliteration. So without further ado, LLL #1: Validity preserves truth, but does not guarantee it. Read More…

In Which I Talk About A Guest Post I Wrote

So, if you remember what I said in my last post (or if not, I’m about to tell you again), I am now married. Why am I mentioning this again? To brag? Maybe, but mostly because my sister-in-law Hannah has a blog, and I wrote a guest post for her about lessons I learned during NaNoWriMo. If you’re interested in hearing about writing tips and such, or if you just like lists of four things, head on over to her blog to check it out, and while you’re over there, don’t forget to browse through some of the other great posts she and her sister have written, it’s good stuff. That’s it for today, hope you enjoy my musings, and I’ll see you all next week.

A Change in the Change in Direction (But this time for reals)

As some of the more astute readers out there may or may not have realized, it has been approximately a million and a half years since we have updated this blog. The simple fact of the matter is that life got busy and we decided to let it slide.

Lately, however, I’ve been wanting something to help push me to write on a semi-consistent basis, and I thought back to the halcyon days of yore and decided to give this whole blog thing another go. Tim won’t be joining me on this outing, but I may be able to convince him to pop in for a guest post or two from time to time. I’m broadening the scope of the blog to “whatever pops into my little brain and sticks around long enough for me to want to write a post about it.” There’s no telling what I’ll post from week to week, but you can be guaranteed that it will be 100% fresh certified grade A(ndrew) Newton!

I’m a full time student and a married man so, I’m not going to tie myself to a rigorous, set in stone posting schedule, but I will do my very best to post at least once a week. (And yes, this counts as my post for this week, don’t push it.) So whether you’ve been waiting by your rss feed wondering when we would post another, well, post, or you’ve completely forgotten that we exist, or you’ve never heard of us and you just stumbled onto this blog for the first time, welcome aboard Newton and Newton Inc. 2: Highlander Edition. I’m glad to have you with me on this semi-new adventure in writing things on the internet.