Month: March 2018

overselling the value of fistula surgery

Note: I’ll be traveling a lot the next three weeks, so posts will be sporadic. Thanks for your understanding! You’ve probably heard about the problem of obstetric fistula — the holes in between women’s pelvic organs that cause incontinence, pain,...

/ March 21, 2018

Wild Harbors, “Monument”

I’ve been following Wild Harbors for a while (they played in our living room in Baltimore back when we were still renters, so that’s at least 6 years ago now!) I just got their new record via Kickstarter, and it...

/ March 20, 2018

learning the tools that let you make your own tools

Alan Jacobs doesn’t want kids to learn to code. But he does think they should learn to build their own websites: To teach children how to own their own domains and make their own websites might seem a small thing....

/ March 16, 2018

what it costs our kids

Since yesterday’s post was about the struggles of raising children overseas, here’s Tara Ann Thieke on the problems at home: But when I go home to my newspapers and social media feeds I read about how we need more early...

/ March 15, 2018

the life of an expat parent

Rachel Pieh Jones has an excellent piece at The Other Journal on what it’s like to be a parent living abroad. She’s got it worse than me — her kids are older and go to school in another country! —...

/ March 14, 2018

Sandra McCracken, “Songs From The Valley”

Sandra McCracken just released “Songs from the Valley”, an achingly beautiful EP full of what you might expect if you took the songs that she wrote in the last several years just didn’t quite fit in her last two records...

/ March 13, 2018

why can’t white Christians take black Christians at their word?

I’ve seen this article¬†on Christians of color slowly backing away from white churches shared over and over this past weekend (for good reason, though Amy Sullivan notes that very similar reporting was done a year ago at Religion Dispatches). The...

/ March 12, 2018

we can make up great things — like national identity!

Michael Brendan Dougherty has a bone to pick with people who want to sneer at “made-up” national identities: Nationalism as a political movement was also what made democracy possible; it helped to overthrow ancient monarchies that routinely bequeathed nations with...

/ March 8, 2018

can Black Lives Matter achieve its goals?

This is a fascinating essay from Cedric Johnson examining the history of the Black Panthers and comparing its political activism to the Black Lives Matter movement: The racial justice frame simply does not adequately explain the current crisis of police...

/ March 7, 2018

song post: “Fire and Dynamite”, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

“Fire and Dynamite” is the best pop-rock song released in the last ten years. Drew Holcomb has written a number of great songs over the years (check him out!), but this is the best and I’m glad I’ve gotten to...

/ March 6, 2018