Too Tender to Tease: The Case for Holding Religious Insults Back

In my last post I talked about why we should let religious insult go, rather than fight back. This week I want to flip the pancake over, and I'm going to invite my trio of grandbabies to help me: Two more are on the way. Five little cousins, all within two and a half years. … Continue reading Too Tender to Tease: The Case for Holding Religious Insults Back

A Journey about/along/amid Immigration

You remember prepositions, right? Those location and direction words you are supposed to, at all costs, never let dangle? (e.g., "Yes, Mother, that is the mad ballah whose crib I was at" would be more correctly expressed as "Yes, Mother, that is the mad ballah at whose crib I was.") In school I had to … Continue reading A Journey about/along/amid Immigration

Voyage and a Joyous Residence

My introduction to life in the Middle East was a reunion vacation in laissez-faire Doha, Qatar. Men and women move about freely, traffic is orderly, and dress is expected to be modest but you see about everything. For a taste of the range, here's a man in a thobe beside an ice rink at the … Continue reading Voyage and a Joyous Residence