Elegance in Software Design

As an accountant, I use a variety of software during the course of the day – Excel, Oracle, Tableau, Word, etc. While certain programs are better than others (Oracle, please hire someone to help with your horrible UI!), my real joy comes when I get home every night and open 

The Elegance of BB King

BB King is, without a doubt, one of the greatest performers I’ve ever seen. Aside from the fact that he was always dressed in suit and tie to perform, I think his elegance comes from his restraint and taste in his guitar playing. In the video above, listen to how he chooses to keep his playing fairly …

What is Grace?

When I think about elegance, in many ways it seems almost synonymous with “grace.” But what is grace? Dictionary.com defines grace (in this sense) as “elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action.” But if we think more deeply,

Can Fighting Be Elegant?

In general, I think everyone would agree that war and fighting are ugly, and should only be considered as a last resort. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) (By the way, I don’t believe this particular verse has anything to do with pacifism; sometimes the only way to …

Elegance in Motion

In my last post about why I think the Corvette Stingray is an elegant car, I mentioned the element of motion in my concept of elegance. I think that’s especially true of the human form. In fact, I think that’s one of the primary reasons that people found Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers so fun …

Elegant Design

As a musician, I’m always drawn to beautiful instruments. I happened to be at Guitar Center today, and saw this:

US Air Force Academy: Disciplined Elegance

Last weekend, I took my family for a quick trip to the United States Air Force Academy. In the past, if you had asked me to describe these members of the military in one word, I probably would have said, “Discipline.” However, what struck me this time was

What is Everyday Elegance?

If you were to Google images using the word “elegance,” you’d see pictures of cars, beautiful women in evening gowns, and ads for watches, perfume, alcohol, and fountain pens. But is that a reflection of true elegance? When I went looking for definitions of elegance, I found the following, courtesy of the British Dictionary on …

Who I Am and Why I’m Here

Hi friend. My name is Russ, and I’m the primary writer and editor here at Bishops West. I’ve done a lot of things in my life, from working in a fish cannery in Alaska to teaching English in Taiwan to working as an accountant in Colorado. Through all of it, I’ve developed an appreciation for …