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How Separate Are We, Really?

Here is a different perspective on our troubled world from Barbara Backer-Gray.

Resident Alien -- Being Dutch in America

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On July 14, a man ran his truck into crowds of people enjoying the Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, France, killing eighty-some and wounding so many others.

Bastille Day celebrates France’s beginning of the republic, with its motto, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. fraternity means, among other things, communal support, friendship, brotherhood.

A while after the breaking news, we heard that two of the dead were Americans. Even later: they were a father and 11-year-old son from Texas. Then, Lakeway, which is pretty much a suburb of Austin, where I live. And late that evening my 16-year-old daughter R got an email from the acting studio in Austin that is her second home: the boy, Brodie Copeland, was also involved at the studio. She didn’t know him personally, but it hit really close to home for her.

T and I held her as she cried, and we cried with…

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Redating Human Civilization: Background and New Evidence

Here are some interesting thoughts about Egyptology, ancient history, Darwin and other matters. Mr. Roberts’s book River in the Desert is also worth reading, an informative, funny and vividly written account of travels in Egypt.

Paul William Roberts

I shall be talking more generally on this subject to the Laurentian Society in March 2016, but I want here to summarize the main points proving the central contentions and latest developments in scientific research that have finally shattered the old paradigm doggedly clung to by the so-called academic orthodoxy for some 100 years now, and disgracefully ignoring or even suppressing all mounting evidence to the contrary. Firstly, however, I need to address the irksome issue of calendrical dates. It will be clear that the accepted convention of delineating time in a Eurocentric milieu stems from religious rather than historical concerns. Thus Judaism gives us 3,000 years; then Christianity starts its clock at zero (although not even the Gospels can agree on a precise date for Christ’s birth); and in the Islamic sphere time rolls back to begin in the 8th century. Overlooking the fact that European calendars have…

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Happy 125th, H. P. Lovecraft!

Today, August 20th, 2015 (it’s only 7 p.m. here on the west coast of Canada, folks) is Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s 125th birthday.

HPL in what appears to be a library reminiscent of the one at Miskatonic University

HPL in what appears to be a library reminiscent of the one at Miskatonic University

It just happens that my next Local Author Book Review (#6) will be of a Lovecraft-themed book. Look for it in the next week or so.

A Language Tree

Writers are perforce interested in language — the one in which they write, naturally, but also in languages generally, their origins and how they relate to one another. Here is a beautiful graphic illustrating that. It’s the work of Finnish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg. The full version (and a lot more by Sundberg) can be found here.

language family tree_cropped