Monthly Archives: January 2016

Speak Now

Among my smallest friends are a group of somewhat bossy and clingy but adorably rascally children, who express what they want by saying things like “Uppy, huggy” or “Put me down” in very emphatic and sometimes fierce ways. There is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Banished And Forgotten

Banished And Forgotten: Irish Slaves In The West Indies, by Louise Gherasim, Illustrated by Neecol Johnson This book is a short one, only about 175 pages including maps, references, and a historical appendix that looks at some of the noted … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Tainos: Rise And Decline Of The People Who Greeted Columbus

The Tainos: Rise And Decline Of The People Who Greeted Columbus, by Irving Rouse This book is one of those which was written in order to capitalize on the attention surrounding the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to … Continue reading

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Why Are The Oscars So White?

Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of discussion about the lack of Oscar nominees of people of color this year, with the threat of boycotts of the Oscar ceremonies by certain prominent actors. It is my … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rhetoric Of Empire

The Rhetoric Of Empire: Colonial Discourse In Journalism, Travel Writing, And Imperial Administration, by David Spurr In this quotable and ultimately self-contradictory book, the author seeks to engage in a task that is simultaneously constrained and universal. He seeks to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading On Location

Reading On Location: Great Books Set In Top Travel Locations, by Luisa Moncada and Scala Quin Neither part of the subtitle of this book is strictly accurate. Not all of the books included are great books—some are chosen as fairly … Continue reading

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Book Review: For Cause & Comrades: Why Men Fought In The Civil War

For Cause & Comrades: Why Men Fought In The Civil War, by James M. McPherson In this book, noted Civil War historian James McPherson provides a work that demonstrates the potential of statistical analysis in history and the combination of … Continue reading

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Do We Hate With Perfect Hatred?

[Note:  This speech was given 1/24 at the Portland Spokesmen’s Club as a Graduate #3 Speech on a difficult scripture.  It received the award for Most Effective Speech for the night.] A few months ago, one of the young people … Continue reading

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Persona

Some years ago, when I lived in Florida, I had a roommate who loved to play a video game in the Persona series, out of Japan. In this role playing game, the only people who can save the world from … Continue reading

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On The Awkwardness Of Knowing Where You Stand

Today for Sabbath School it was my task to talk about Jacob’s reunion with Esau. For several reasons, this is among the most awkward stories in scripture, and precisely for that reason, among others, I am very fond of the … Continue reading

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