Category Archives: Public Life

Desert Reflections

The electronic world makes it easy to forget the real world expanses of this planet. We just completed a 2400 mile road trip from the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to Las Cruces, New Mexico. While we had many sights … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Imbongi?

I have long been interested in the South African tradition of the imbongi. The figure of this classic Xhosa “praise singer” accompanied my thoughts as Nelson Mandela returned to his people in Qunu and has continued to run through my … Continue reading

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Kings, Messiahs, and Mandela

After a couple of weeks devoted to moving my website to a new host, I am finally able to reflect with you on two events – one perennial and one very rare. The first, of course, is the annual rehearsal … Continue reading

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Rights and Relationships

Political arguments in America are being strangled by our preoccupation with rights to the exclusion of relationships as the focus of our ethics. Whether in arguments over abortion, gun violence, or health care, we are stuck on the stark oppositions … Continue reading

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