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Posted inWar and Peace

The day the white pelicans came

Reading Time: 4 minutes One recent glorious morning in tranquil South Dakota, as Russia rained more death and destruction on Ukrainian cities and hamlets, I awoke to a perfect day, my wife peacefully checking her email beside me and turning to smile, and our cat trying to tunnel under the covers to a remembered warm spot. That’s what the […]

Posted inGeneral

Whatever Happened to War?

Reading Time: 2 minutes By James A. Haught For millennia, it was considered normal for strong tribes to conquer, pillage and subjugate weaker ones. After Macedonia annexed Ancient Greece, Alexander the Great ended city-states and launched a conquest machine that dominated much of the known world. Soon afterward, the Roman Empire spread via military force as far as the […]

Posted inGeneral

Weekend Coffee: Universal Translators

Reading Time: 2 minutes It’s not quite Star Trek, but this technology from Google is a step in that direction: The Pixel 2 smartphone and wireless earbuds can translate spoken language in real time, allowing two people who don’t speak the same language to have a conversation. And it’s not only Google that’s doing this: As the Guardian notes, […]

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Photo Sunday: Peace, Light, Strength

Reading Time: 2 minutes I wanted to write about something else this weekend. Instead, I spent my Friday night sitting by the TV, watching the news from Paris, mesmerized and grief-stricken by yet another proof of human beings’ capacity for inhumanity. And while it didn’t get as much world notice or media coverage, there was also a deadly string […]

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Thoughts on the Chapel Hill Shooting

Reading Time: 3 minutes I hope there’s a day when I won’t have to write about the latest mass murder in gun-crazed America, but today isn’t that day. This time, the tragedy took place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where a young family – Yusor Mohamad Abu-Salha, her husband Deah Shaddy Barakat, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, all […]

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Words Worth Reading: The Mother’s Day Proclamation

Reading Time: 2 minutes As you probably already know, today is Mother’s Day. But I learned something very interesting about the holiday from a sermon today at the Unitarian Universalist church my wife and I attend, and I’d like to share it with you. Given how rampantly commercial Mother’s Day has become, you might be forgiven for assuming, as […]

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Memorial Day

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the United States, this Monday is Memorial Day, established by Congress to commemorate America’s war dead. Across the nation, the day is marked by parades and solemn ceremonies, 21-gun salutes, roll calls of the names of the fallen, and flags, wreaths and ribbons placed on the graves of veterans. These ceremonies are familiar to […]

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