Pew Research survey on attitudes towards immigration, inclusiveness in US, Europe

Interesting data cited today in Jennifer Rubin's op ed piece on the Washington Post website. Her headline focuses on the news of the day, "This is why MAGA nativists are in a panic" Well, natch. That's what you do to attract readers to the op ed page. But the data, in a Pew Research Center … Continue reading Pew Research survey on attitudes towards immigration, inclusiveness in US, Europe

Civil war in America? A 2017 think piece in the New Yorker looks at the odds

Editor's (admin's) note: One of two posts today that were prompted by Nate Cohn's op ed piece “Why Political Sectarianism Is a Growing Threat to American Democracy” in the New York Times. Link HERE for my notes & quotes from Cohn's article, and a scholarly article in Science magazine he based it on. Cite: Robin … Continue reading Civil war in America? A 2017 think piece in the New Yorker looks at the odds

German new year’s hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer —

D R A F T https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7dGz6NH5M 'Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen' | ABAKUS Musik | Click on "CC" for English subtitles. Von guten Mächten wunderbar geborgen / "By gracious pow'rs so wonderfully sheltered ..." (trans. Fred Prett Green, ELW 626 (ELW has a different tune (TELOS) by Robert Buckley Farlee -- video by Resurrection Evangelical … Continue reading German new year’s hymn by Dietrich Bonhoeffer —

How to make some pretty good soup in a global pandemic (with apologies to Simon Ortiz and Nora Dauenhauer)

It's best made in dry-fish camp on a beach by afish stream on sticks over an open fire, or duringfishing, or during cannery season.In this case, we'll make it in the city baked inan electric oven on a black fry pan. [...]-- Nora Dauenhauer, "How to Make Good Baked Salmon from the River" When I … Continue reading How to make some pretty good soup in a global pandemic (with apologies to Simon Ortiz and Nora Dauenhauer)

Marcel Marceau and the uses of history D R A F T

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrFW5FwwkfI Marcel Marceau, "How I worked in the French Resistance and Created Bip as a Figure of Hope," Michigan Quarterly Review, 41, no. 1 (Winter 2002) https://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?cc=mqr;c=mqr;c=mqrarchive;idno=act2080.0041.111;g=mqrg;rgn=main;view=text;xc=1 a lightly edited transcript of the speech delivered extempore, in English, by Marcel Marceau upon receiving the Raoul Wallenberg Medal on April 30, 2001, at the University of Michigan. xxx … Continue reading Marcel Marceau and the uses of history D R A F T

Misc. notes and links on Caesarea Philippi

Jacqueline Schaalje, Banyas, Jewish Magazine, July 2000 http://www.jewishmag.co.il/34mag/banyas/banyas.htm The city was re-named Caesarea Philippi when Herod's son Philip took up the rule. Philip was one of the first who made a serious attempt to determine the source of the Jordan. The story is related by Josephus (War 3: 512-13). Philip had chaff thrown in the nearby … Continue reading Misc. notes and links on Caesarea Philippi

Eric Norelius — Civil War reminiscences (notes & quotes)

Eric Norelius (26 October 1833 – 15 March 1916) was a Swedish-American Lutheran minister, church leader, and author.[3] ... Eric Norelius was born on 26 October 1833 in Norrbäck, Hassela parish, in Nordanstig Municipality, Gävleborg County, Sweden. He received his early education at Hudiksvall's general school. In 1850, at the age of 17, Norelius emigrated to the United States. In May 1851, he accompanied Lars Paul … Continue reading Eric Norelius — Civil War reminiscences (notes & quotes)