Monthly Archives: March 2020

Book Review: Influenza 1918

Influenza 1918:  The Worst Epidemic In American History, by Lynette Iezzoni Reading about the horrific and massively deadly influenza epidemic of 1918 is a bit too topical of reading given the contemporary climate, but I have always liked to read … Continue reading

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North Macedonia And The Benefits Of Squashing Beefs

It may be an unpalatable truth to admit, but the behavior of nations when it comes to diplomacy is not always handled at the most rational and mature manner.  In 1991, the nation of North Macedonia [1] declared its independence … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mental Epidemics

Mental Epidemics:  Two Lectures, by J. S. Gilmore It should be remembered in times of great concern about physical health that humanity is not only prey to epidemics resulting from viruses and bacteria and the like, but also mental epidemics … Continue reading

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Article Review: Dynamics Of Beneficial Epidemics

Dynamics Of Beneficial Epidemics, by Andrew Berdahl, Christa Breslford, Caterina De Bacco, et al. You might think that in the case of a beneficial epidemic that everyone would want it to be spread to the widest population possible.  Yet according … Continue reading

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Ὁσάκις γὰρ ἂν

Under what circumstances do we keep the Passover?  To be sure, most of us will be keeping the Passover this coming year under different circumstances than we normally do.  At least in my own experience since being baptized slightly more … Continue reading

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Book Review: Haibun Haiku

Haibun Haiku, by Sera Andres I must admit at the outset that I did not understand very much about this work.  Then again, the work was written in Hungarian, a language that is not only alien to me, but a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Morning Haiku

Morning Haiku, by Sonia Sanchez There are at least a few quibbles that someone could have about this book.  As is frequently the case, the book is easier to appreciate if you come to this book sharing some of the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bassanio, Or, The English Haiku

Bassanio, Or, The English Haiku, by H. J. Isaacson It is hard to know what to say about this book.  For one, perhaps the most notable aspect of the book is the way it is an immensely short book that … Continue reading

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On The Importance Of Exhausting The Possible Space

Yesterday during the sermonette portion of services for our local congregation, which has been meeting remotely during the current Coronavirus crisis, a video played to support camp.  It is expected that the camps will be open at some point during … Continue reading

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Book Review: Assamese Demonology

Assamese Demonology, by Benudhar Rajkhowa As someone who has lived in Southeast Asia, I can speak with some personal authority on the survival of beliefs in various folk demons within the peoples of Southeast Asia.  The proliferation of spirit houses … Continue reading

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