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The Use of Cemeteries

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On January 23, 2021
As someone who spends a lot of time in cemeteries, I’m interested in how these spaces become forms of public space, especially in urban centers, but also in small towns without sufficient parks. When my wife taught in rural Pennsylvania, the cemetery was the place to jog, take a walk, or walk your dog because, […]
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This is the grave of John James Audubon. Born Jean Rabin in modern Haiti in 1785, his father was a sugar planter and slaver and his mother was his mistress, a white chambermaid originally from France. His father, like many slaveowners, had lots of children with lots of women, including his own slaves. His mother […]

The Wages of Mining

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On December 8, 2016

In 1985, I took the first trip of my life. We drove from Oregon to Minnesota for a family reunion. For me, at that age, this was exciting. As we drove east on I-90, we stopped in Butte, Montana. There

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Condors

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On May 10, 2015
This is a good piece on the problems facing the Andean condor, the world’s second largest bird. Basically, even though condors, like other vultures, do the ecosystem a tremendous amount of service by eating carrion, South American farmers see them as enemies and shoot them. Populations are in decline in most of its range. This […]
Oh dear: A special spirit day at Oral Roberts University took a tragicomical turn last week when a bald eagle released into the school’s Christ Chapel by a professional handler crashed into a window just as students began chanting “USA! USA!” The eagle was unharmed, but many of the students could be heard screaming at […]
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