Home cooking

"Home cooking" Continued...

Issue: "Playing with capitalism," May 23, 2009

It's also not work for the impatient, Greg adds: "People change slowly. They change their minds slowly. What's satisfying is seeing people get it . . . the Lordship of Christ over every square inch of reality."

Tools of trades

By Susan Olasky

Want to flatten the income tax or fatten it up further? At taxhistory.org you can peruse the work of the Tax History Project, founded in 1995 to provide "scholars, policymakers, journalists, and the general public with information on the history of U.S. public finance." The site includes a virtual tax history museum, tax returns from Franklin Roosevelt and every president since Richard Nixon, a gallery of tax-related political cartoons and war bond posters, and an archive of 1040 forms that shows how the form changed as the tax code became more complex.

Readers more interested in geography than finance may want to participate in the Degree Confluence Project, which offers a chance to use GPS or compass skills in a good cause: going to latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world (like 34 degrees north and 3 degrees west, a site in Morocco) and posting photos of each location. Visitors to some 6,000 of the 16,338 intersections in the world (not counting those in the oceans and many near the poles) have already photographed them and also posted at confluence.org short narratives about the journeys to get there.

You don't have to travel far to get to an intersection: According to the website, "There is a confluence within 49 miles (79 km) of you if you are on the surface of Earth." But you might have to journey far to visit one that hasn't already been photographed. All 16 of New York's have been documented, while only two of Afghanistan's 64 have been. The project's founders encourage folks to revisit spots that have already been photographed in order to track changes over time.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.


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