How to learn what your children are being taught

September 13, 2020

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  There is a great opportunity in the land opening up to us. It is free and largely apolitical although there may be some elements running beneath the surface that are “political.” In this day, less than two months away from probably the most important presidential election in a century there is hardly anything that […]

Why Are People So Angry?

September 13, 2020

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I am baffled by the reign of anger that seems to be overwhelming some people today who are getting a lot of attention as we move to elect a new president on November 3. One can read and hear in the media that they are angry over systemic racism, misogynism, immigration, pollution, police brutality, and […]

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Sewing, Shop, and Cooking

August 29, 2020

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I was watching my wife sewing the other day, down on her knees on a big enough space of the floor in the living room to make the initial cuts in her fabric. She learned to sew on a Singer sewing machine years ago and was now getting back in it. We bought her new […]

Posted in: Life in America

Some thoughts on the coming election, Nov. 2020

August 29, 2020

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There seems to be next to little left to write about with respect to the coming election of 2020. It is truly difficult to determine truth from fiction, fact from fraud, honest opinion from outright lies and prevarication of the grossest sort. If words truly carry the day in any way, then we are in […]

Interview with Ric Bratton, Radio Show and Podcasts, This Week in America

August 11, 2020

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Go to for Interview with Larry Clayton about new book The Andean Cross published in 2019. Interview done August, 2020.

Guilt and Words

August 9, 2020

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Guilt is a word and issue we need to know and deal with. We are facing it right now as the race issue divides rather than unites us a nation with a major election in November 2020. Webster’s defines it several different ways, from official guilt in the commission of a crime or offense to […]

and a woman named Damaris

August 9, 2020

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In the Book of Acts, which is really one of the best historical sources for the story of Jesus’s followers and disciples after his Resurrection, there is a short account of the Apostle Paul visiting the Areopagus in the city of Athens during his many missionary travels. The Areopagus fulfilled many functions in ancient Athens, […]

What is being read at the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

August 9, 2020

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I recently read where the Division of DEI at UA will host a “common read” of the New York Times best-selling book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo beginning at the end of July.. I thought, well I should probably take a look at a […]

Diversity, moving from theory to practice

July 18, 2020

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We left off a few weeks ago with the commitment to diversity made explicit in 2008 by various official documents issued by the University of Alabama. How was diversity itself to be diversified at UA to include more than just hiring increasing numbers of African American faculty and administrators, and recruiting more students in the […]

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A Historian’s View

July 8, 2020

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Everyone these days seems to have an opinion or action on how to interpret the past. Some claim systemic racism characterizes U. S. history and the residual evidence, like statues, monuments, names of buildings, bridges and other artifacts of life, need to be removed to achieve some semblance of “social justice,” a tricky phrase to […]

Posted in: History