Olympia Then and Now

By Philippe Magnier (French, 1647-1715) Copy of the celebrated Uffizi Wrestlers, stored in the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy. Marble, 1684–1688. The statue was first installed in the park of Versailles, then transferred in 1689 to the park of Marly and in 1797 to the Tuileries Gardens. Part 1/11 of Olympia, by Leni Riefenstahl, documenting … Continue reading

Good News Friday

Those are real Texas Rangers in the picture. They look down on us from Heaven (obviously, since they’re Texans), wishing they could come back down here to take out the Cardinals themselves with those rifles of theirs. Check that tiny tie. So hipster. Last night’s game 6 was painful here in Castle Miller land. But … Continue reading

Thank Dad for Home

On Mother’s Day I sent out some gift ideas for Mom that would honor her while caring for some of the people who have not had the gift of stable home. Now it’s Dad’s turn, and in the same spirit, here are some gifts he just might love. Oh, and a few are perfect last-minute … Continue reading

Not a Touchdown Yet

It was really awesome to see how much press human trafficking got before the Super Bowl. It felt like everywhere I turned, from Facebook to local news, people were banding together and joining the cause. I know a number of folks down in Texas added the National Human Trafficking Hotline to their phones, and groups … Continue reading

Fight Human Trafficking This Super Bowl Week

Large-scale sporting events almost always cause an increase in trafficking. Maybe it’s the huge numbers of drunk men separated from their families and high on adrenaline. Or maybe it’s just lots of people and money in one place = trouble. But this year’s Super Bowl is starting to stand out. With the help of football … Continue reading

Ending Slavery on Thirty Wheels

Fighting slavery is a lot like riding a bicycle. Both require many small parts working together in unison. Both seem impossible at first, but over time goals become easier to reach. Both can be extremely uncomfortable when you’re in it for the long haul. But perhaps most importantly, both take us outside of ourselves, require … Continue reading

Octopus Witches and the Marginalized

As usual, a fortune-telling octopus is hogging the camera. For the last week, sports commentators, blogs and even the New York Times have found a new media darling in Paul the Octopus. Paul, an oracle from Germany, successfully predicted eight out of eight World Cup matches, including all of Germany’s games and the eventual championship … Continue reading

A World Cup with Less Injuries

On Sunday, the Netherlands took on Spain in the final World Cup match. Spain is obviously a tremendous team, and to fight them it seemed clear that Holland was forced to use some violent tactics, even deserving of red cards. The game will be remembered, among other things, as the most penalty-ridden World Cup final … Continue reading

The World Cup Finals and the Refugee Experience

This Sunday, the World Cup will come to a close with a European battle of wills: Spain and the Netherlands, two teams that have never won the championship, will fight it out to see who can make history first. Both countries are known for partying hard, and the celebrations of either team’s win will likely … Continue reading

Breaking Away at the World Cup

Breakaway is a story-based, football-themed electronics game that uses soccer to encourage good decisions in young people. Created through Champlain College, the development team has just released the first three episodes of Chapter One online and on CD. Better yet, they have also put it in the hands of multiple kids’ groups this year at … Continue reading

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