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This Way to the Gas Chambers, Ladies and Gentlemen (Auschwitz 2003)

It occurred to me that one is always imagining how one could live in Auschwitz. But almost everyone died in Auschwitz.

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Family Lines

Chasing ghosts in Greece.

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Notes from DC

…immediately following the 2016 Presidential election.

Photograph by the author.

Silver Bells

Reading The Polar Express in the wake of mass shootings.

Photo by Nathan Schneider.

Narrative of a Moneyless elf

Recounting the challenges and benefits of life in the commons, without currency or government documents.

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Showering in Eden

A transparent eyeball in the Panama jungle.

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Religious Baggage

An excerpt from Ashley’s new e-book You Were Strangers: Dispatches from Exile

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Immersion Therapy

A second, Cambodian baptism.

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Stones As Social Media

Adapted from A History of Religion in 5 ½ Objects (Beacon Press, March 11th)

Killing the Buddha

Quotes from the Accident, or God is Good

It was right out of a movie  I heard a screeching Some were dozing  There was absolutely nothing suspicious happening   You had to hold the chair so you didn’t fall out  All of a sudden the woman in front of me was on my lap  Then I saw the gravel coming at me, I…

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Ditto Boys

“What they claim, in fact, is innocence.”

William Lane Craig, from his July 2013 email newsletter.

7 Habits of a Highly Effective Philosopher

Life lessons from the Christian apologist William Lane Craig.

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Serendipity

Finding words for the ways things happen to one while traveling.

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Two Happy Stops Along the Greek Apocalypse

In the middle of the second millennium B.C., a dark cloud of noxious falling ash and a tsunami wave spread across the Mediterranean. It was enough to leave Minoan civilization—that of the Minotaur, of the bare-breasted snake goddess, of the palace at Knossos—in ruins. Some say the event might also have had some connection with…

Teddy Club in Haifa. Photo by permission of Janine Sarai.

Black Among Blacks

2Pac and MLK in an Ethiopian Café in Israel.

Posters of Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

Head-Hunting

An excerpt from Rag and Bone, in which a soccer-playing Syrian calls Bashar al-Assad a lizard.

Clouds and light facing west down the Beagle Channel. Photo by author.

The End of the Earth

Bringing the gospel where it isn’t really wanted.

Scary postcard.

The Bad Old Days

A dear friend who was recently on a family vacation in Wisconsin went above and beyond the call of duty. Way beyond. When she returned, she presented me with a clutch of souvenirs from the Queen of the Holy Rosary, Mediatrix of Peace Shrine in Necedah, Wisconsin, a place she knew holds some fascination for…