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Pondering perfection in an imperfect post

Here’s a rather metaphysical question for you: why do we strive for perfection? Cold logic tells us that perfection is impossible. As a writer, I know perfectly (sorry) well that I will never in my life write something perfect. In fact, I know logically that it’s impossible to even define what a perfect piece of writing would look like, because there are always multiple ways to write anything, from a simple action to a complex character’s internal monologue, and you can never be certain there might not have been another way to do it that would be better than the way you chose: another way that’s a little bit closer to ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 10:12, December 12th, 2012 under Blog, Writing and Editing | 2 Comments »

Jesus was on to something (well, duh!)

According to the Mayo Clinic, forgiveness is good for your health:Holding a grudge appears to affect the cardiovascular and nervous systems. In one study, people who focused on a personal grudge had elevated blood pressure and heart rates, as well as increased muscle tension and feelings of being less in control. When asked to imagine forgiving the person who had hurt them, the participants said they felt more positive and relaxed and thus, the changes dissipated. Other studies have shown that forgiveness has positive effects on psychological health, too.

Posted by Edward Willett at 18:26, January 4th, 2008 under Blog | 2 Comments »

Jesus was on to something (well, duh!)

According to the Mayo Clinic, forgiveness is good for your health:Holding a grudge appears to affect the cardiovascular and nervous systems. In one study, people who focused on a personal grudge had elevated blood pressure and heart rates, as well as increased muscle tension and feelings of being less in control. When asked to imagine forgiving the person who had hurt them, the participants said they felt more positive and relaxed and thus, the changes dissipated. Other studies have shown that forgiveness has positive effects on psychological health, too.

Posted by Edward Willett at 12:26, January 4th, 2008 under Blog | 2 Comments »

Sermons from my father

When I posted my eulogy for my father, James Lee Willett, for Father's Day, I neglected to provide one important link: many of Dad's sermons are online as MP3 files. You can download them here.My previous post reminded me!

Posted by Edward Willett at 1:07, July 4th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

The Quraneyeens

The Big Pharaoh, an Egyptian blogger, writes about the arrest and imprisonment of members of a group I'd never heard of before: The Quraneyeens.Here's his explanation of what they believe:They’re Muslims who believe in the Quran, and only the Quran.In traditional Sunni Islam, religious jurispudence and law are mainly derived from two main books: the Quran and the Hadith. The Quran we all know. But what about the Hadith? These are the actions and deeds of the Prophet Muhammed. The issue with the Hadith is this: they were written over 150 years after the death of the Prophet. Before that they were transmitted orally in a way that would make their utter authenticity ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 0:50, July 4th, 2007 under Blog | 1 Comment »

My father would be pleased

You know the Bible 100%!  Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic! Ultimate Bible QuizCreate MySpace Quizzes(Via ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:28, January 22nd, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

"Poland ponders giving Jesus an earthly realm"

Says the CBC:A move is underway to make Jesus Christ the honorary king of Poland, the country's influential Rzeczpospolita newspaper reported on Wednesday.I wonder how that plays with those of a pre-millennial apocalyptic bent, like the guys who wrote Left Behind?

Posted by Edward Willett at 17:23, December 20th, 2006 under Blog | Comment now »

The Shroud of Turin

  In medieval times, Holy Relics did boffo box-office. Saints' finger bones--even entire saints--and pieces of the One True Cross drew the kinds of crowds most CFL teams would envy. Eventually, however, people noticed there were enough pieces of the One True Cross floating around to build a house, and holy relics fell into disrepute--all except one: the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud is a linen sheet bearing the faint yellowish negative image of the front and back of a crucified man whose wounds correspond to those the Bible says Jesus received. Many people believe the Shroud to be the actual burial shroud of Jesus. Others think it's a clever fake, a notch above pieces of the One True Cross, but ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:29, December 7th, 1998 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »