Category Archives: History

What’s Your Tipping Point?*

In which I show that I am perfectly capable of holding two seemingly contradictory ideas… This post grew out of a dinnertime conversation about bullying, an on-line chat with a friend and former colleague and a personal struggle with my … Continue reading

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“She couldn’t have dressed up like Xena?”*

As is so often the case, I am sitting down to write this because of an intellectual – and emotional – conflict.  A few days ago I read this after a friend linked to it on Facebook. It is an … Continue reading

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Wendell Berry and a Day of Honey

I had an unsettling experience last week.  On Monday night I found myself in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., listening to the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Jefferson Lecture delivered by Wendell Berry. Berry is a poet, essayist, farmer, … Continue reading

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Living History

This past weekend I attended a reenactment of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Monmouth.  T is an American history buff who has recently gotten (back) into reeanacting and joined the 1st New Jersey Continentals.  I took a lot of pictures, … Continue reading

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A man was killed this week.  I knew him slightly, but even more than our personal acquaintance I respected and admired his work. Juliano Mer-Khamis was a co-founder of The Freedom Theater in Jenin.  Together with Zakariya Zubeidi, former military … Continue reading

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Snow Day

One of the things I love about Boston is its snow-preparedness.  And one of the pleasant side-effects of snow-preparedness is snow days.  The city declared a snow emergency well before it started snowing last night and everyone had to move … Continue reading

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The Head of the Charles (in which I write almost nothing about the Regatta)

Last weekend was the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.  As a newcomer to the city I did not realize that this event was in the offing, and was therefore somewhat confused on Friday when I encountered much of … Continue reading

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