30%. Gone.

As of May, more than 5.5 million people had fled their homes as a result of the conflict in Syria. That’s nearly 30% of the country, or 1.5 million refugees outside of Syria and 4 million people displaced within the border. When I first read those numbers, I found myself imagining 1/3 of my building … Continue reading

What You May Not Know About South Sudan

Recently I was talking with a friend about how the world map has changed, and we got into a bitter discussion about South Sudan, which she was certain is not a country but some sort of state. Beer bottles flew, burly men burst into tears, and I screamed “You’ll be hearing about this on the … Continue reading

Taking Champagne to the Battle

Picnicking at the First Battle of Bull Run Today is the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, and by pure coincidence, Michael and I have been watching Ken and Ric Burns’ The Civil War documentary… which makes me an expert. I am an expert because I, like many others who have revisited … Continue reading

Antiques & the Marginalized & a Man Named Silas

Two days ago I posted about antiques and how they relate to memory and the marginalized. I believe that the discussion that followed is proof of the power of antiques, for better or worse, in preserving memory. Specifically I wrote about two men, named Andrew Chandler and Silas Chandler, who were pictured together on PBS’s … Continue reading

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