Years ago I bought a yellow VW bug. I had never owned one before and hardly noticed them on the road. Once I bought one, however, I started seeing them everywhere, putt-putt-putting around town with their quirky shape and ladybug … Continue reading Yellow Volkswagens Everywhere
Today is Bastille Day, the day in 1789 when Parisian mobs turned the world upside down. La Fête Nationale celebrates the storming of the Bastille Saint-Antoine prison and the start of the French Revolution, which ended the Ancien Régime and … Continue reading Liberté, Egalité, but Ixnay Fraternité
International Women’s Day took place this week. I don’t know if there were people marching in vagina beanies. I try to ignore “popular” movements that sell merchandise on the internet and accept major credit cards for payment. Besides, women already … Continue reading International Dad’s Day
The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) turns seventy this year, which ought to be cause for celebration. Unfortunately, things aren’t as straightforward as the anniversary slogan, “#STANDUP4HUMANRIGHTS,” would have you believe. The declaration states that “recognition” of … Continue reading #STANDUP4WHAT?
It has been a fascinating week in Brazil. The conviction of ex-president and founding member of the Workers Party, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (“Lula”), for money laundering and corruption was upheld by three appellate court judges in the southern … Continue reading A Lullaby for Lula
If you spend any time on Twitter, as I do, it’s probably not a surprise to see that the culture wars are on again. What is a surprise, however, are the hatred and bitterness of this latest version. What used … Continue reading “White Man Singing the Blues”
Some years ago when I taught Religious Studies at a university in California, I went into the office on a weekend to check my mail and ran into a colleague. She was senior to me and had trained at the … Continue reading The Idiocy Continues