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Five Ways to Give Thanks for One Thousand Gifts

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on Wednesday, 21 November 2012
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"I look down at the pen, this pen I keep wielding, one writing her way all the way to one thousand. This pen: this is nothing less than the driving of nails. Nails driving out my habits of discontent and driving in my habit of eucharisteo....Because the habit of discontentment can only be driven out by hammering in one iron sharper. The sleek pin of gratitude." (Voskamp 49)

As I write this, Nancy Casari Dayton's post "Learning the Discipline of Giving Thanks" has been up for two days. I recently discovered One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp and intended to introduce it to readers of the Writers Circle. Ann Voskamp makes a warm and convincing case of the benefits of watching for God's handiwork throughout the day and recording these 'gifts.' Read Nancy's post, because she explains eucharisteo—giving thanks. She understands the impact this habit can have on people who discover the dark secret of ingratitude in their souls! Building on her introduction, I will list five things to know about giving thanks.


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The Impossibility of Academic Integrity in Public Schools

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on Thursday, 15 November 2012
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This essay is more of a quick expression of my philosophical thought against the governmental educational system than a thorough, well laid out argument. Yet, I believe it will be worth your time and mine.


First, I would like to define and describe academic integrity as we have it written into policy at the college where I am currently employed, Community Christian College. The world of higher education is a community of scholars, teachers, and students committed to learning. As such, a strong commitment to truth and honesty is foundational. Without them, members could not trust the writings, research, lectures, or opinions which constitute the business of the community, and higher education would eventually crumble. This is why academia honors and fiercely guards academic integrity. It is the responsibility of every member of the community to nurture and sustain this climate of honesty. Actions that destroy academic integrity such as, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, intellectual theft, destruction of intellectual property, and so on can have no place in academia. Any academic member who commits these destructive actions is subject to expulsion from the community.


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