Month: August 2013

Gitmo’s library, Detroit’s stray dogs and capturing asteroids

For the last few years, I thought the feeling among academics and environmentalists was that nuclear energy was the way to go. That it is cleaner and safer and cheaper than coal or natural gas...

/ August 30, 2013

Happy birthday to you… and, hopefully, not many more

I know a woman who is alive to see her great-great-great-great-great grandson. She’s 150 years old, which means she was born during the American Civil War. She had cancer in her early hundreds, but the...

/ August 29, 2013

5 things Martin Luther King teaches me as a white person

1. King’s Dream is inclusive White people are part of it, too. His Dream isn’t just for “the sons of former slaves”; it’s also for “the sons of former slave owners.” He foresaw a time...

/ August 28, 2013

The speech that came before ‘I have a dream’

We’ve all heard Martin Luther King’s famous ‘I have a dream’ speech from the 1963 March on Washington. It’s still considered one of the greatest — if not the greatest — speech of the twentieth...

/ August 27, 2013

Martin Luther King’s Dream, an object of inception

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table...

/ August 26, 2013

Arranged marriage in the US, elementary ed and Chicago-born words

“My parents chose my husband” — Here’s an interesting story about life in an arranged marriage in the United States. Debie Thomas is an American and was raised evangelical, but at 22 married almost a...

/ August 23, 2013

How does America fit into the situation in Egypt?

This is the fourth post in a four-post series called Egypt: The Brotherhood, the Christians and the Americans. The first post lays out the major groups in Egypt. The second post looks at what’s next for...

/ August 22, 2013

Egypt’s Christians: Fellow pilgrims

This is the third post in a four-post series called Egypt: The Brotherhood, the Christians and the Americans. The first post lays out the major groups in Egypt. The second post looks at what’s next for the Muslim...

/ August 21, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood: Then, now and into the future

This is the second post in a four-post series called Egypt: The Brotherhood, the Christians and the Americans. The first post lays out the major groups in Egypt. The second post looks at what’s next for...

/ August 20, 2013

Egypt is complicated: A political map

This is the first post in a four-post series called Egypt: The Brotherhood, the Christians and the Americans. The first post lays out the major groups in Egypt. The second post looks at what’s next...

/ August 19, 2013