Archive for October 2015

Traveling to the Republic of Imagination with Azar Nafisi

Traveling to the Republic of Imagination with Azar Nafisi
It is a place without entry and exit polls. Where the paradigm of success is not billionaire Donald Trump and celebrity Kim Kardasian but rather the orphaned tramp Huck Finn and Jim the slave. It is where flawed literary individuals  — what author Henry James called “perfectly equipped failures,”– flourish and teach us to follow... Read more »

Rockall: 45 Days on the Most Desolate Place on Earth

Rockall: 45 Days on the Most Desolate Place on Earth
Normally, I only use first names here. Not today. Nick Hancock, English Adventurer of the Year 2015, is the famed resident of a strange rock island in the North Atlantic: Rockall. In 2014, Nick lived inside a small pod tethered to Rockall for 45 days. A world record, making him the island’s longest sole human... Read more »

Blog Action Day: It's Time We Looked in the Mirror to End the Violence

Blog Action Day: It's Time We Looked in the Mirror to End the Violence
As a participant in this year’s Blog Action Day, I struggled to focus on a topic that mirrored this year’s theme of Raising Up Your Voice. Because this blog is global in nature, I thought about revisiting the voices I have already profiled to talk about the issues facing people around the world. I could,... Read more »
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What Not to Say in French After Picking Protected Wildflowers in Switzerland

What Not to Say in French After Picking Protected Wildflowers in Switzerland
It’s been an exciting week. I’ve contacted a pastor in Macedonia, a young man in Thailand, and a British adventurer who spent 45 days on a rock in the middle of the North Atlantic. I am so grateful to all of them. Our conversations remind me that no matter where we live we are more... Read more »

On the 9th Anniversary of the Amish School Shootings, More Parents are Grieving

On the 9th Anniversary of the Amish School Shootings, More Parents are Grieving
I am tired of this ritual of violence. I know I am not alone. Nine years ago, on October 2, 2006, a shooter walked into a one room Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania and began executing little girls. Innocent little girls. Nine years later, as we learn the names and ages of the victims of the... Read more »

Oregon Shooting Makes Me Wonder Who We Have Become

Oregon Shooting Makes Me Wonder Who We Have Become
On June 22, 2015, I published a blog post about the shootings in South Carolina. The victims in that attack were church members. People who welcomed the shooter into their bible study class.  Today, the innocents are students at a community college in Oregon. They range in age from 18 to 34. Daughters, sons, fathers,... Read more »
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