Mamalu (When I look at the world)

John Pule’s Mamalu (When I look at the world) is one of a few contemporary pieces at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne that made me stop, look closer, and then think, “I have to blog this one.” Pule (born 1962) is from Niue, a South Pacific island country to the northeast of New … Continue reading

The Way of Generous Love

by Gerard Stolk I got up early for the Royal Wedding this morning. There were a ton of living room lights shining in our building, so I wasn’t alone with my high tea and shortbread. Michael eventually joined me, and we watched the BBC broadcast of the event, which was impressively produced (and, as an … Continue reading

Royal Wedding Worldview

Westminster Abbey, I think, where the Royals are getting married, I think, and which I’ll be watching next Friday, I think. A lover of big events that mean essentially nothing, I wanted to have a royal wedding viewing party, complete with high tea and jokes about the Brits. You know, like the time we watched … Continue reading

Tea and the Marginalized

There may be no greater connection between one world and another than tea. In tea we pick the grasses and leaves of our native lands and ship them to another people who look and think differently than we do. Those people prepare the grasses and leaves in water and consume their essence. We drink the … Continue reading

Mail and the Marginalized

The image above is from the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC. The words read: Messenger of sympathy and love Servant of parted friends Consoler of the lonely Bond of the scattered family Enlarger of the common life We take a lot for granted. Sure, mail is dead in some ways. These days it isn’t … Continue reading

Footbinding the Marginalized

From Secularizing the Pain of Footbinding in China: Missionary and Medical Stagings of the Universal Body, by Angela Zito, who is a professor at NYU: If you are interested in Chinese history, gender issues, international development, or even just stiletto heels, this is a great read. Take the time to look at it over the … Continue reading

“Why I Don’t Want to Become a Coffee Farmer”

Coffee is grown in over seventy countries, employing tens of millions of people just in the farming process. It is a bohemoth industry, and impossible to cover in its entirety in one week. The farmers simply must be discussed, though, and so we will focus today on one country whose workers exemplify the condition of many coffee … Continue reading

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