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Turning Mourning into Voyeurism
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I'm sure it will end on September 12 when the news media go back to reporting the most urgent question of our time -- which GOP candidate will win the tea party debate on Monday night? ...

Hurricanes and Spoiled Romance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When our ideas about nature come primarily from Sierra Club calendars or selected snippets from Thoreau, an east coast earthquake and monster hurricane (in the same week) are powerful wake-up calls. ...

Loving Casey Anthony in a Culture of Vengeance
Originally Posted: 07/25/2011 - 8:04am | Type: Blog

I couldn't bear to watch any of the coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial. I heard snippets of information on occasion: intimations of incest; a car that "smelled of death"; fist fights bre ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

One World: Of Earthquakes and Interdependence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As Americans were complaining about all the snow this winter, arguing about the <a href="" t ...

My Lent: Ashes, Addiction, and the Reality of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Lent is late this year, thanks to an unusual alignment of the earth and heavens -- the vernal equinox, the paschal full moon -- and to the <a href="" target="_ ...