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Borders Part 2: Wiggle Room

Borders Part 2: Wiggle Room

Kneeling_Prayer_SilhouetteI often find myself asking people how the teachings of Christ can be reconciled with some of the attitudes of more vocal members of our society about immigrants (among other groups). One classic answer I received was: “Well, Jesus said to ‘render unto Caesar what’s Caesar’s’ and these people aren’t rendering.” The unquoted part of Christ’s statement, of course, is “and render unto God what is…

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Sixteen Things

A while back there was this meme-thingie on the Interwebs in which you tagged someone and asked them to tell 16 random things, facts, habits, or goals about themselves.

I came across my list o’ things the other day and thought I’d share. So, without further ado, here are Sixteen Things About Maya You Probably Didn’t Want to Know.

1. I’m a Baha’i.

2. I’m married to a rock star (well, okay, he’s a…

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Midichlorian Rhapsody is a Pegasus Nominee!

Midichlorian Rhapsody is a Pegasus Nominee!

OV30 Graphic plainYes, it’s true, the song behind the viral Youtube video has been nominated in the Best Adapted Song category for a Pegasus Award, which are given annually at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival (OVFF).

With the help of courageous friends, will attempt to perform the piece live at OVFF this year (October 24-26, 2014 at the Worthington, OH Doubletree), though it will have significantly less than the 257…

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You Keep Your Card: DREAMers Meet King

You Keep Your Card: DREAMers Meet King

Erika-Andiola(This articles was also published on DailyKOS).

Public policy has personal consequences and it concerns me that an elected official of my country doesn’t seem to realize that. Rather, King sees a dichotomy between doing “individual policy” and doing “national policy for everyone”. That’s nonsensical; any national policy affects individuals—large numbers of individuals. And therein lies one of the…

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Today’s post was prompted by this story out of Ohio: Police fatally shoot man holding an air…

John Crawford – Rest in Peace

Today’s post was prompted by this story out of Ohio: Police fatally shoot man holding an air rifle in Walmart.

His last words were “It’s not real.” Ironic, because while the gun he was carrying (in an open carry state) wasn’t real, the situation he found himself in was.

He had apparently picked up the toy air rifle in the toy aisle at the Ohio Walmart and was walking…

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Borders Part 1: Suffer the Little Children

Borders Part 1: Suffer the Little Children

140717074651-newday-dnt-kosinski-border-crisis-politics-00014206-story-topGo to any article, news story or blog discussing the immigration issue and/or the current refugee crisis on our southern border (they’re often conflated), and you will find phrases like the ones below. These are real comments pulled verbatim from comment threads, from blogs and from interviews contained in the news stories about immigration and the current border crisis.

“We need to make illegals…

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Telephone, Politics and Message Morph

Telephone, Politics and Message Morph

phoneRemember that old game we used to play in grade school called Telephone? A sentence passed from lips to ear down a line of people comes out on the other end in a significantly different form than it began.

Through the mysterious interaction of brain, ears and tongue, “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again” morphs to “All the king’s horses ate all the…

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From Book View Cafe: All the Colors of Time

From Book View Cafe: All the Colors of Time

Bohnhoff-ColorsofTime600x900All the Colors of Time
A Collection of Short Fiction
by Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

Time travel is a dream long held by human beings. Who hasn’t had fond thoughts about showing Nicola Tesla their personal Tesla Coil or taking him for a drive in an electric car that bears his name? The devil is in the details of the technology, which is what ties together this collection of short fiction—the stories in…

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Ayatollah Tehrani's gift stirs global conversation on religious co-existence - Bahá'í World News Service

The ground-breaking gift of a senior Iranian cleric to the worldwide Baha’i community is beginning to stir a global conversation about religious co-existence and freedom of religion.

More statements of support for the actions and words of Ayatollah Abdol-Hamid Masoumi-Tehrani have been issued in the United Kingdom and India, and other prominent individuals are offering comments in the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.

The response comes after Ayatollah Tehrani bravely gave to the Baha’is of the world a calligraphic rendering of Baha’i sacred verses, along with a plea for religious “co-existence”.

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The Science of Adulthood

As I often seem to do these days, I have once again started a blog series, then found cause to interrupt it for a moment of introspection that only tangentially relates to science and religion. But in the spirit of inclusiveness evinced by my one‑time editor at Analog magazine (Stan Schmidt, who retired this past year), I will maintain that psychology and sociology are, too, science! And that what I’m about to say involves both faith and reason.

I want to consider adulthood.