Tag Archives: identity

A Well-Armed Society Is A Polite Society

One of the most profound similarities between the generally antagonistic cultures of the Antebellum white South and contemporary black culture is something that is also shared with the culture of Southeast Asia that I witnessed in my time in Thailand. … Continue reading

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A Case Of Missed Identity

Recently I read three memoirs by musicians that seemed in many ways to intersect. Indeed, all of the memoirs were connected by a variety of common threads–all three of the musicians were ones whose best years were behind them as … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Meaning Of Mariah

The Meaning Of Mariah, by Mariah Carey with Michaela Angela Davis It must have been a difficult task for the co-author of this book to take the scattered and not very chronological tea dished out by Mariah Carey and to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Let Love Rule

Let Love Rule, by Lenny Kravitz with David Ritz I must admit that before reading this book I was not particularly aware of the personal life and history of Lenny Kravitz, despite the fact that I have long been fond … Continue reading

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That Was Uncomfortable

Today I, like many of my co-workers across many different offices, received a message this morning telling me to take a course on workplace harassment as a “multi-state employee.” The course was about an hour long and was presented by … Continue reading

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Book Review: When Kids Ask Hard Questions

When Kids Ask Hard Questions: Faith-Filled Answers For Tough Topics, edited by Bromleigh McCleneghan & Karen Ware Jackson When kids ask hard questions, find a better book than this one to look for answers. It is hard to overstate just … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empire Of Horses

Empire Of Horses: The First Nomadic Civilization And The Making Of China, by John Man There has long been a fascinating connection between the various nomadic realms of the steppes to the north and west of China and China itself, … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Flag Worth Dying For

A Flag Worth Dying For: The Power And Politics Of National Symbols, by Tim Marshall I cannot help but think that this book is not nearly as clever as the author thinks it is. That does not make it a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empire’s Crossroads

Empire’s Crossroads: A History Of The Caribbean From Columbus To The Present Day, by Carrie Gibson It is worthwhile to beware of books written by people who have axes to grind. And this book is certainly an example of that … Continue reading

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Not Written In The Stars

One of the most common, if lamentable, tendencies of humanity is to seek to avoid taking responsibility for our choices and our behavior. This frequently presents us with a dilemma, in that we seek to defend our own agency and … Continue reading

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