Thursday, September 14, 2006

Go Forth and Be Unbalanced

UPI column

Enjoy. :)


TiaDavidandOurLittleChickens said...

Brava!!! I NEEDED this twist. Hope you don't mind that I linked it on my site too. I think with as much as I use that word, that some of my readers might find your column interesting as well.

Last week I was going back and forth with someone who kept using "balance" as his arguement and I was frustrated to find how exactly invalidating it was, and how much it shut me off. Made me wanna shake him!

Not very balanced of me 'eh?

"Balance" is like a dragon I chase. Red-headed passion doesn't find balance easily.

Gonna go read it again :-)

julieunplugged said...

Btw, Tia, may I add your site to my blogroll? I've been reading there for several weeks now and think it would appeal to some of my readers too. :)


TiaDavidandOurLittleChickens said...

Yup :-). I'd be honored.

Rick said...

Nice article - except for the part where you're ripping Sting. Not cool ;).

julieunplugged said...

Love Sting. And he knows it. We're tight. :)


Kansas Bob said...

I get it but I am not sure that I would have picked 'balanced' - I might have chosen 'mediocre' or 'bland' or 'dispassionate'.

Anyway you want to say it though, I enjoy being a fanatic - although the Chiefs and the Royals are really making it difficult :)

My favorite quote on mediocrity:

"Only a mediocre person is always at his best." (W. Somerset Maugham)

Bilbo said...

Hi Julie,

I would like to say a few things to balance what is obviously an unbalanced column this week...but...on second thought....I think I'll pass...Nice unbalanced piece of writing....

OldMom said...

I LOVE it! Standing ovation from me. . .for the record I am totally unbalanced by nature, having from childhood gone on huge binges about things and then, satisfied, moved on. I spent most of the last year up to my eyebrows in N.T. Wright. Last month I suddenly ran out of steam on that and returned the third in his big series only half read. I'd found my answers there and was ready to move on. Someday I may practice N.T.W. immersion again, but for now I'm out of the pool.

Right now I'm drowning happily in J.R.R. Tolkien (but clearly still in a phase involving authors who only use their first initials.) The bonus in this one is that my kids are joyfully joining in--watching movies with Mom and discussing books and reading poetry with her is much more fun than watching her quietly read. (Somehow, try as I might, I could never really convey any excitement about Wright to my little UUs. . .)

Great, great column!

Rebecca C.

Btw, my Montessori educator part feels compelled to point out that this is actually how children learn. Another reason that feeding them a 'balanced' educational diet does not always work well. Sometimes that kid just needs to explore something for days and days, without worrying about other areas.