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Indenture and Orphan Homes: “Rescuing” Indigent Children

I recently posted, on my Mennonite heritage website, an essay about a great-great-aunt, Mary Cress. Mary’s mother died a few weeks after her birth in 1876. Two years later, her father indentured her to a Mennonite family, who agreed to … Continue reading

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Is Classism the New Racism?

In the last few weeks, I have been reading and thinking a lot about the political crisis in America, working class culture, the effects of rapist capitalism, and so on. I am formulating the notion that the great, ongoing social injustice … Continue reading

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Disciplining the Green Energy Discourse

Last week, on Earth Day, Michael Moore released a new documentary film called Planet of the Humans. Almost immediately, there was a furor from environmentalists and green energy proponents denouncing the film as false, misleading, based on bad science or … Continue reading

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Sam Stone and John Prine Defeat the New Birth

It’s about a week since John Prine died due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. Yesterday, I finished writing a piece on my other blog about the problems I had understanding Mennonite faith/life because I was blinded by the fundamentalist … Continue reading

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500 Years of Migration: a new site

Over the past few months I have been researching and writing material that I have decided to publish on a new site. It is what I call a “contextualized genealogical autobiography,” a sort of meditation on where I come from, … Continue reading

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Visions of Johanna

“and the visions of Johanna are now all that remains.” Bob Dylan Today I am 65 years old. I know, it’s a completely arbitrary day fixed by government decree as the age of retirement for social regulation purposes. Next month … Continue reading

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Bicycle Therapy

I finally quit working about a year ago, something that was probably long overdue. All I got from my job was the money (which, I realize, is not nothing, but was not something that kept me going). Last summer, I … Continue reading

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Educating Rickie

I am just short of 64 years old, sitting in the third-floor living room of a maison de ville in Argeliers, a village in the south of France north of Narbonne, between Carcassonne and Beziers. This is the heart of … Continue reading

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My Life in Cars

For something to do, I decided to find images of the 20 cars I have owned over the last 45 or so years. (Most of these come from the internet and a number are not the same colour or exactly … Continue reading

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The Mess of Sex

Sex is messy. On the most basic level, I’m talking about the sweat, the smells, the exchange of bodily fluids. The clashing of teeth, the¬†writhing and positioning of inconvenient limbs, the penetration of tongues, fingers, penises, breasts, and (perhaps) other … Continue reading

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