May has always been a relatively hectic month but this year’s may be the topper. The first weekend of the month was my wife’s birthday, the second was Mother’s Day, the third weekend my youngest daughter graduated from high school, the next day we flew out to look at two colleges in Massachusetts and Vermont, […]
Observations and Announcements
Bob Schwartz evidently found political cold turkey a tough bird. Bob is now at South Dakota Humanist, which was added to the blogroll earlier this week. Love the new name, Bob.
I’m not going to do much, if anything, on the Sotomayor nomination other than to observe she’s been confirmed by the […]
Living in the 21st Century, we believe, of course, that we base our decisions and actions upon contemporary ideas. We’ve advanced enough to throw off the shackles of antiquated thinking in favor of modernity. Yet Anouar Majid’s We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and Other Minorities reveals we may not be […]
“Coffee shops” are quite popular in Amsterdam and other parts of the Netherlands. That’s because although cannabis, a/k/a/ marijuana, is technically illegal, authorities take no action if it is smoked in a “coffee shop.” The shops are licensed and regulated by the government and marijuana and hashish can be consumed on site, although the shops […]
On May 25, 1957, five men, including Quincy Jones, got together at the Brown Derby restaurant in L.A. The founded an organization called the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Less than two years later, the organization gave out its its first awards for excellence in music, called the Grammy Award.
The Grammy Awards […]
Good versus evil. Struggles of faith. These have been themes of literature for centuries, if not from the first time humankind told stories. In fact, the best-selling book of all time — the Bible — is built on these themes. In the brilliant and disturbing A Prayer for the Dying, Stewart O’Nan brings an Old […]