Monthly Archives: February 2010

Stuff to Take to Haiti with me

Every time the subject of my upcoming trip to Haiti arises, everyone keeps asking me one question, over and over again: If you didn’t make that mess all over the kitchen table, then who did? And after that, they want … Continue reading

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‘Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana’

Just today, I read the second volume of Anne Rice’s trilogy about the life of Christ, titled “The Road to Cana.” I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the earlier volume, but it was still a good read. Like … Continue reading

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Returning to Haiti in a couple weeks

One of the things I really hate is getting an e-mail from someone I haven’t heard from in a long time. Not just any e-mail, mind, but one of those happy-happy, clappy-clappy e-mails in which they write about this wonderful … Continue reading

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Tolerance too far

Many years ago, when I was taking courses at Moravian College to attain public school teacher certification, the question came up of how to respond to racist attitudes that children learn at home and bring to school. “Well, it’s not … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on life and its meaning

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Some modest suggestions for idea-starved movie studios

It quickly is becoming apparent that Hollywood has run out of ideas. Not only are the studios completely out of good ideas, they also are out of bad ones. In addition to the endless procession of movies based on old … Continue reading

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Seven more reasons to learn Esperanto

1. It’s geeky with a capital G. If you want to be a geek, become a “Star Trek” fan and get caught up in the metaphysics of transporters, whether Lieutenant Data had a soul, and who the best captain has been … Continue reading

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Kirby House and the birthday shower tradition

Years ago at college I belonged to a living group called Kirby House that served as an alternative to the Greek system when it came to group living. Kirby  was not affiliated with the Greek system at Lackawanna College, something … Continue reading

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The lawless snow and the school’s need for control

The grounds at the school remain covered in snow today: gloriously pristine, deep, wet snow. This isn’t the powdery stuff that fell from the sky on Saturday and needed to be shoveled off the walk all morning. This is the … Continue reading

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Snowmageddon: 2010 edition

I’ve always felt somewhat ambivalent about the winter. On the one hand, I enjoy making snowmen, going sledding, and throwing snowballs at my children, and even with them. On the other hand, I hate cold weather. When I was a … Continue reading

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