“Spirit Rising”: A Review in Installments — Part 1
356 pages, $17. 50. Published by Quaker Press.
“If we have done our job,” write the ten Young Adult Friends (YAFs) who edited this new book of writings by their Quaker peers, “. . . some pieces may surprise, confuse, alarm or even offend you.”
Continue reading “Spirit Rising”: A Review In Installments — Part 1
Best news I learned today: The TV Torture Training show “24” will end on May 24. This is not really “news,” as the cancellation was announced in late March.
Continue reading Good News: “24”- FINALE COUNTDOWN– 20 DAYS TO GO.
May 4 — What A Day — Part Two
The Haymarket massacre (or Haymarket riot) took place on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at the Haymarket Square in Chicago. It became the September 11 of its time. It began as a rally in support of striking workers. An unknown person threw a bomb at police as they tried to disperse the rally.
Continue reading May 4 — What A Day — Part Two
May 1 is the seventh anniversary of the day that banner hung above the USS Abraham Lincoln. Remember?
What painful memories that image brings back!
Continue reading May 1 -“”Mission Accomplished” — NOT
Very interesting – the conversation about the “Expectations” and the framework for the Wichita YAF conference gets more interesting by the day. Two recent communications are especially intriguing and revealing.
First, yesterday a member of the Wichita Planning Committee contacted me, and asked if I really thought they and their rules were really unwelcoming.
Continue reading Wichita YAFs: Some New Light on Who’s “Welcomed” and Who’s Not
Today is Annie Dillard’s birthday. Should be a national holiday. She’s far and away the best
Here’s what’s said to be a photo of her as a young woman; look like a spiritual master? More like trouble. (The same thing?)
More about her at Wikipedia
I found her accidentally. Nature writing is not my thing. But I read “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” in 1994, because it was assigned for a book group.
Continue reading Annie Dillard: The Writer Closest to God?
Well, one of the messages mentioned in the previous post about age-related putdowns has already disappeared from the web. Gone, perhaps, but not forgotten. Here’s the text, mercifully brief but to the point, about: >> 1. An almost 70yo man decrying moral choices of youth–ironic. >> “Almost 70yo” BTW, is Tweet-speak for nearly 70 years old. And on that point, I am so busted. I’m still looking for the irony, tho; maybe it got mislaid in transmission. Some more choice tidbits have turned up, which we may get to presently.
Wichita YAF Update: Well, there have now been two responses to the posts here questioning ground rules at the Memorial Day conference, here and here. In both, the one specific “rebuttal” was a disparaging reference to my age. (Which is 67, for the record.) Point taken, guys. What else ya got?
Wow! The 2011 baseball All-Star game is currently scheduled to be played in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ stadium.
But with passage of the state’s new anti-immigrant law, there are now calls for baseball to move the game. Seems the NFL jerked its All-Star match from the state back in the 90s, when AZ was hoilding …out against the MLK holiday. Watch that space!
Micah Bales, one of the planners and main promoters of the Wichita YAF conference, recently replied to an inquiry about the long list of “Thou Shalt Nots” set for the event. He referred the inquirer to a blog post by his wife, Faith Kelley, another of the planners. It’s on the William Penn House blog, entitled, “What Should I Eat? Community & the Individual”
This blog post is very illuminating about the “frame” being put onto the conference, and deserves some careful unpacking. So this commentary will run on a bit; please bear with me.
Continue reading Tunafish or Torpedoes? Some Reflections on YAF Wichita, and “Community”