Tag: Noteworthy

Single Issue Anyone?

| February 8, 2008 | 8 Replies
Single Issue Anyone?

With the possible spoiler of Mike Huckabee, it’s clear that John McCain is set to be the candidate the Democrats need to beat in November. The irony of the ongoing battle between Hillary and Obama is that, policy-wise, they just aren’t that different. There were some real differences between the Republicans, but those differences are […]

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Introducing…

| January 9, 2008 | 3 Replies
Introducing…

Missouri’s first State Poet Laureate.  Walter Bargen. I can’t tell you how pleased I am by this.  Walter is a first-rate poet and, just if not more importantly, a decent human being. He will be formally introduced on February 13th at the state capitol.  After that, he will serve a two-year-term, administered by the Missouri […]

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Hope’s Glimmer Dies Again

| December 27, 2007 | 44 Replies
Hope’s Glimmer Dies Again

Bhutto is dead. One tries to be understanding, patient, tries to embrace the tolerance so thoroughly rejected by those who condemn out of hand, with no chance for counterargument, the possibility of dialogue.  Comes a point where one has to simply acknowledge that some people, in some places, just don’t share anything in common with […]

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This just in…prayer doesn’t work.

| December 6, 2007 | 28 Replies
This just in…prayer doesn’t work.

While doing the research for my previous post, A Slaughterhouse of One’s Own: A community confronts Santeria, I came across several explanations of exactly how animal sacrifice works in this religion, physically and metaphorically speaking. The animal is bound and its throat is cut. The carotid artery is sliced with a ceremonial knife and the […]

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The Devil In Memphis

| November 28, 2007 | 5 Replies
The Devil In Memphis

I received the following from a friend of mine, who sent it to his local paper as well. I’ve asked his permission to post it here, in its entirety. It concerns an issue which, while we may hope represents an unfortunate part of our history long outgrown, still rears its viperous and virulent heads in […]

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Of Values And Victims

| November 21, 2007 | Reply
Of Values And Victims

Listening to a talk show at work yesterday, I heard some fall-out from the recent suicide of the young girl who had been “duped” on MySpace.  When I first learned of this tragedy, I ran through a series of thoughts about the dangers posed by the interfaces we use these days, which put us often […]

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PreCambrian Ephemera, Satan’s Snares, and Horse Dung

| November 15, 2007 | 3 Replies
PreCambrian Ephemera, Satan’s Snares, and Horse Dung

Writer John Scalzi recently visited the Creation Museum.    He  has written his report, assessed his impressions, and concluded…well, you should read his conclusions for yourself, here. I do  not have Mr. Scalzi’s flare for describing expensive nonsense in such finely satirical, subversive, and somewhat detached a manner.  There is also a FlickR show attached worth a […]

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A Poet Laureate For Missouri

| November 2, 2007 | 1 Reply
A Poet Laureate For Missouri

The state of Missouri has never had an official poet laureate.  Like many people, I didn’t know that, although unlike many of those many people, I should have.  One of the hats I wear (besides the one in the cool profile photo above) is the president of the Missouri Center for the Book. What, you […]

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Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself

| October 16, 2007 | 5 Replies
Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself

But what’s puzzlin’ you is the nature of my game… That’s about the only song I can stand to listen to the Rolling Stones do.  Musically, thematically, it all comes together for them.  It’s perfect.  Beyond that, while I certaiinly like a lot of their songs, I cannot abide listening to the Stones.  Particularly, I […]

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