Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Tragedies of the Current Moment: Charlie Hebdo and Michael Brown

January 26, 2015 In a column in yesterday’s New York Times, (“What’s Worse Than Sad“) bio-ethicist Tom Koch argues that we are overusing the word “tragedy”. Then–almost as an aside–he says something remarkable (and very compressed) about how we should understand … Continue reading

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

January 21, 2015 I’ve just finished reading The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan’s Man Booker Prize winning novel about Australian prisoners of war who were forced by the Japanese to work on the Burma Death Railway.  This was a … Continue reading

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The Road Back from Indiana to North Carolina

January 21, 2015 I’ve been following the news of possible schism from North Carolina Yearly Meeting (FUM). It all reminds me of Indiana Yearly Meeting’s schism though with still the possibility of a happier ending. This past October, Max Carter wrote … Continue reading

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Ceci n’est pas une religion

January 8, 2015            

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The Chickenhawk Tragedy of the American Military

January 7, 2015 “The Tragedy of the American Military” is the title of a superb essay in this month’s Atlantic by James Fallows.  Actually, the word “tragedy” hardly appears in the essay. Instead, the phrase that grabs you by the … Continue reading

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