ABOUT THE WRITER

Basically, I do a lot of studying on my own and I like sharing the things I learn.

Hello!

I’m R.C. Abbott.

By day I’m a ghost writer/search-engine-optimizer.

By night, I’m still a writer, but I get to pick what I write about which is:


BIBLE STUDY

My First Impression Of The Gospel Of John

Hey! How’s it going?

A wee bit back, I swallowed my fears and published my first impression of the Gospel of John Chapters 1–5. I don’t know why it’s so scary to talk about faith… but, at least for me, it’s terrifying.

Maybe it’s because I don’t want to get something wrong and send anyone down the wrong path? Maybe it’s because I still feel like such a newb, and all the time, I realize I’m making horrendous mistakes? Maybe it’s because I wasn’t raised in the faith, so I don’t use the same words everyone else does? …


BITE-SIZED PHILOSOPHY

The Lost Art Of Presence Discovered At Walden Pond

Screen shot from: It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012) by Don Hertzfeldt. A kalidescope view of a woman laying on a pillow with her eyes closed. Subtitle says: It’s too bad people don’t day how they feel until it’s already too late.”
Screen shot from: It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012) by Don Hertzfeldt. A kalidescope view of a woman laying on a pillow with her eyes closed. Subtitle says: It’s too bad people don’t day how they feel until it’s already too late.”
Photo credit: CriterionBabe. It’s Such a Beautiful Day 2012, Don Hertzfeldt

I don’t think Thoreau would respect the hustle. Maybe I don’t either?

In his masterpiece Walden, Thoreau comes to a similar conclusion to Alan Watts regarding the lies we’re told about agency.

He looks at the definition of a person much the same way Watts does, only he focuses his writing on adulthood, when one works at an occupation. He notes that we approach our lives with the aim of working towards freedom — the supposed prize at the end of our toil that was falsely promised.

The twelve labors of Hercules were trifling in comparison with those which my…


BITE-SIZED PHILOSOPHY | CHILDHOOD

How Our Flawed Understanding Of What A Person Is Produces A Lifetime Of Frustration

Screenshot from Ingmar Bergman’s Through A Glass Darkly. A young man and woman sit at a picnic table, the woman holds a book in her hands. Subtitle reads: You in your cage, I in mine.
Screenshot from Ingmar Bergman’s Through A Glass Darkly. A young man and woman sit at a picnic table, the woman holds a book in her hands. Subtitle reads: You in your cage, I in mine.
Photo credit: CriterionBabe. Through a Glass Darkly 1961, Ingmar Bergman.

Like most problems, this one is not new.

It’s been floating around in the ether for quite some time now. Something whispered into journals or spoken in drunken slurred speech on the way home from the bar when the speaker knows that no one will remember their words.

We tell children that humans have agency: that we make our own choices and therefore are responsible for our lives. …


PHILOSOPHY

Letting Nature Lead Us; First Seeking God’s Kingdom; Matthew 6:24–34

Painting of a girl collecting lilies from a pond by Eastman Johnson. Painted in 1865. Oil on board.
Painting of a girl collecting lilies from a pond by Eastman Johnson. Painted in 1865. Oil on board.
Gathering Lilies, 1865. Eastman Johnson.

The idea of learning from nature is nothing new. Humans have been doing it for thousands of years, and current movements around the world are pushing people back into this space of contemplating the slow and gentle lessons to be found in nature. Movements like slow living, re-wilding, and heirloom seeding are just a few examples of the potent conversations happening right now surrounding the wisdom of the natural world.

Of course, when Kierkegaard does it, you know it’s going to have a profound tie to faith and existing in spite of the trials of anxiety and despair, in spite…


CHILDHOOD & PARENTING

What The Studies Actually Say About How Babies Should Sleep | Part IV

Screenshot from Punch-Drunk Love (2002) by Paul Thomas Anderson. Two men are having an emotional conversation. Subtitle says: I don’t know if there is anything wrong.
Screenshot from Punch-Drunk Love (2002) by Paul Thomas Anderson. Two men are having an emotional conversation. Subtitle says: I don’t know if there is anything wrong.
Photo Credit: CriterionBabe. Punch-Drunk Love 2002, Paul Thomas Anderson.

Over the last couple of days, we’ve been exploring the brilliant paper by Elaine Barry, which compiled the known research on infant sleep to develop an overarching view of what we actually know about how babies sleep. So far, we’ve looked at the historical perspective, the medical view, and the anthropological approach. We’ve found some interesting information here or there, but overwhelmingly the data seems to be saying that we don’t know much about how babies are supposed to sleep and what we, as adults, can do to help them out.

The Sociocultural View Of Infant Sleep

In the most basic form, the sociocultural view of…


HISTORICAL FICTION NOVEL

We found a post office with little trouble and Grace folded and sealed her letter and wrote on it her father’s name and address and went to pay the post worker.

We found a post office with little trouble and Grace folded and sealed her letter and wrote on it her father’s name and address and went to pay the post worker.

I did not know how much money her father had given her, but I knew it could not have been a great sum. I insisted on paying for it myself and was shocked by the cost. Nearly eight times the price of sending a letter back in Ireland. It was travelling much further, so this was sensical in a way; still, I was stunned.

I also had a shopping…


CHILDHOOD & PARENTING

What The Studies Actually Say About How Babies Should Sleep | Part III

Screenshot of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Two women dressed in furs lean against eat other, one appears to be sleeping. The subtitle reads: I think people are made to need each other.
Screenshot of The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Two women dressed in furs lean against eat other, one appears to be sleeping. The subtitle reads: I think people are made to need each other.
Photo Credit: CriterionBabe. The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant 1972, Rainer Werner Fassbinder

For the last week or so, we’ve been looking at the brilliant research by Elaine Barry on infant sleep. We took some time to examine the historical or traditional view of baby sleep, which involved looking at infant sleep as similar to adult sleep. Throughout the 20th century, the goal of many sleep experts was to teach babies how to sleep through the night. Solitary sleeping and formula feeding were introduced, altering infant sleep structure drastically. We then took a look at the medical approach to infant sleep, where we looked at worldwide averages for sleep time and night wakings.


HISTORICAL FICTION NOVEL

We saw land for a day and a half before we came across the first village.

We saw land for a day and a half before we came across the first village. The term village was generous, for all it meant was two houses, a church, and some sort of general store.

We passed several more of these small towns, the ship moving through a narrow straight where land was visible on both sides of us before we reached the place we were to disembark.

When my ticket was given to me, I had been told Quebec was a city, and perhaps by western standards it was — but to me, it looked very much like…


CHILDHOOD & PARENTING

What Studies Actually Say About How Babies Should Sleep | Part II

Screen shot from Bande à part (1964) by Jean-Luc Godard. Image of French signs in a subway station. Subtitle says, “Things are what they are.”
Screen shot from Bande à part (1964) by Jean-Luc Godard. Image of French signs in a subway station. Subtitle says, “Things are what they are.”
Photo credit: CriterionBabe. Bande à part (1964) dir. Jean-Luc Godard

A few days ago, we took a look at the traditional view of baby sleep and how adults’ understanding of infant needs, bedtime, and what was best for baby sleep changed from the turn of the 20th century until now. To recap: we made a whole bunch of assumptions based on not nearly enough science, and even the studies conducted in good faith ended up being less than trustworthy given that they primarily focused on formula-fed babies who slept in a room separated from their primary caregiver.

Today, we’re going to look at the current predominant lens for viewing infant…

R. C. Abbott

Self Studies. Currently reading: Fear and Trembling , Lamentations, Walden. Writing about Childhood, Religion, Philosophy, Nature, and Education. God willing.

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