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The Things People Say—3: Enthymemes
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Most people know what a ’meme’ is. The dictionary definition ’meme’ is: “an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.” The dictionary … Continue reading

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Food: US vs UK Round 1 — Muffins

by Brenda W. Clough Britain and the United States are divided by more than their common tongue. The Atlantic Ocean, pooh — a  mere pond. What really divides us is our food. There are so many examples of this, that … Continue reading

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The Salon: Blogging for the Posh

I was rereading Benedetta Craveri‘s  biography,  Madame du Deffand and her World, and when I hit the chapter about her St. Joseph’s convent salon, the parallels between the eighteenth century French salons and the evolving blogosphere gave me this mental … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 14: Pitfalls in fantasy religions and how to avoid them
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One of the most common questions I’m asked when it comes to fictionalizing religion is what pitfalls a writer who’s new to the practice should avoid. Here’s my shortlist—though there certainly are others. First is the the Straw Man portrayal … Continue reading

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Faith in Fiction 13: At the intersection of religion and culture
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Religion is at the heart of what we call culture. Our world culture is so steeped in religious principle that there’s no way to winnow it out. I often hear people advance the idea that they can be moral without … Continue reading

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The quilting bee then and now

              A few days ago, I was visiting a textile artist friend, looking at her quilting projects. All I know about quilting is what I’ve read in published versions of pioneer women diaries. The … Continue reading

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Guest blogger: Islamic Science, Literacy, and the Renaissance, Part 2

by Bahram Nadimi The end of the twentieth century marked a significant milestone.  It was not the end of the world, but it was when world consciousness—with the aid of scientific advances—reached a tipping point. For the first time, a … Continue reading

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