Salman Rushdie, creolization and me

d r a f t A grab bag of short takes ... I also have a chaotic and unedited collection of "Notes and Quotes" -- my term for research notes -- on the postcolonialist author Salman Rushdie, who was recently stabbed by an Iranian-American youth, and some of the themes raised by his fiction -- … Continue reading Salman Rushdie, creolization and me

VDOC.PUB copy of ‘Creolization of American Culture’ by Christopher Smith

d r a f t The Creolization Of American Culture: William Sidney Mount And The Roots Of Blackface Minstrelsy [PDF]  Authors: Christopher J Smith https://vdoc.pub/documents/the-creolization-of-american-culture-william-sidney-mount-and-the-roots-of-blackface-minstrelsy-49vtd6cookq0 While black-white exchange has long been recognized as a major element in shaping North American vernacular music, the extent, geographic distribution, breadth of time span, diversity, and terminus post quem of … Continue reading VDOC.PUB copy of ‘Creolization of American Culture’ by Christopher Smith

Header picture — main basilica, Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Screen shot of picture I took in the basilica at the Church of the Nativity, 2012 Scholars are not altogether certain that Jesus was born in Bethlehem -- they advance different hypotheses reconciling the birth narratives in Luke and Matthew -- but we can be quite certain that the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, … Continue reading Header picture — main basilica, Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Futures file (Notes & Quotes): Iowa’s nativist ban on foreign languages during World War I

Some first-rate quotes below, from a post on Patheos by a biographer of Swedish-American aviator Charles Lindbergh, on the anti-German hysteria that spilled over and left some Swedish, Norwegian, Czech and other immigrant churches unable to communicate with their parishioners during World War I and its immediate aftermath. I presented a paper on the hysteria, … Continue reading Futures file (Notes & Quotes): Iowa’s nativist ban on foreign languages during World War I

Kaya Oakes: Portal to resources for aspiring writers by a creative nonfiction pro who teaches at UC Berkeley

d r a f t (altho' a better word might be 'work in progress' as I keep adding resources) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsxjVqYMomc Interview on Writing for Your Life: Resources for Spiritual Writers, Nov. 15, 2021 A writer whom I want to study (for reasons that will become obvious as you look at her bio and the blurbs … Continue reading Kaya Oakes: Portal to resources for aspiring writers by a creative nonfiction pro who teaches at UC Berkeley

Does Justice Alito’s call for ‘special protection’ for traditional religion spell trouble for religious minorities?

Two articles published today to the internet shed light on different aspects of what I believe to be the same worrisome trend ... An op ed piece in the New York Times by longtime Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse. Headlined "Alito’s Call to Arms to Secure Religious Liberty," it suggests Alito's rather narrow brand of … Continue reading Does Justice Alito’s call for ‘special protection’ for traditional religion spell trouble for religious minorities?

New header picture — labyrinth in the rolling prairie at Jubilee Farm

A new background picture for Ordinary Times' header shows the center of a labyrinth at Jubilee Farm, the Dominican Sisters' center for ecology and spirituality. Jubilee Farm, on 147 acres of rolling prairie west of Springfield, bills itself as a "a home to farm animals and wildlife, an educational resource, a demonstration of living in an … Continue reading New header picture — labyrinth in the rolling prairie at Jubilee Farm

Reflecting on Ezekiel’s vision of God (and Cyndi Lauper’s) prompted by an email newsletter from America magazine

... by an author from whom I have a lot more to learn Raphael, 'Ezekiel's Vision,' c. 1518 (Wikimedia Commons) A reflection from America magazine landed in my inbox this morning (Mon, Aug 8, 6:33 AM, to be exact) that was thought-provoking, gave me a couple of new images of God and introduced me to … Continue reading Reflecting on Ezekiel’s vision of God (and Cyndi Lauper’s) prompted by an email newsletter from America magazine

‘Man Overboard’: Sly, subversive, faithful daily cartoons about organized religion

Man Martin, Man Overboard (rpt. Winnipeg Free Press, March 16, 2019) Here's a link to what just might be my all-time favorite cartoon. Here's a link to the cartoonist's daily comic strip. It's by Man Martin, a high school English teacher from the suburbs of Atlanta; it's called Man Overboard; and it's available for free … Continue reading ‘Man Overboard’: Sly, subversive, faithful daily cartoons about organized religion