With Mother’s Day approaching in about a month, and the weather finally feeling like Spring, I thought it would be a good time to turn shift focus to all things Mom. This blog will be a first in a series of Mother’s Day....more
I traveled recently to a conference in Kansas. Wichita, to be exact. There are some reasons why I don't like traveling, but one of the reasons I do like traveling is that it gives me several hours of uninterrupted time to read. I absolutely love to read, and don't often get that time where I can spend hours on end with a book. But with airport wait-time and all day plane rides, I definitely get enough time to settle in with a good book.
As I tried to show in my post last week on Why Black History Month Still Matters, much of our contemporary discourse has important historic roots. The black conservative intellectual tradition is one example that I think bears some examination. That tradition illuminates the complex ways in which African American thought is intertwined with and simultaneously distinct from other American intellectual traditions.
Race is commonly based upon skin color, facial features, and hair textures. There have also been groups designated as races based on religion, culture, social, national, ethnic, linguistic, genetic, geographical, and anatomical groupings. This makes one wonder what exactly makes a person a certain race. If it's religion, am I part of a Mormon race? That makes no since since I'm from a convert family. If it's cultural, then am I part of an educated race? Well, that sounds quite elitist. If it's social, am I part of a liberal race? That doesn't ...more
As the granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, the horrific reality of death camps, forced labor and mass murder were never an abstract concept for me. I was able to touch the numbers tattooed on my grandmother’s arm, hold the pictures of the countless relatives I never got to know and hear the stories of struggle and survival straight from the mouths of those who lived them....more
President Barack Obama led his nation in the commemoration of the 81st birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King yesterday, drawing a parallel between the challenges faced by generations of freedom fighters and those facing contemporary Americans enduring a "hard winter" of financial hardship, war and persistent inequalities.
The 'unsinkable'' British liner Titanic sails out of Southampton, England, at the start of its doomed voyage in 1912.
A recreation of the voyage will depart from Britain on April 8, 2012 and head for spot where ship sank on April 12, 1912--The Globe and Mail
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