The Secret Names of the New Zealand Dead
Mar15

The Secret Names of the New Zealand Dead

Allaahummaghfir li (New Zealand deaths) warfa’ darajatahu fil-mahdiyyeena, wakhlufhu fee ‘aqibihi fil-ghaabireena , waghfir-lanaa wa lahu yaa Rabbal-‘aalameena, wafsah lahu fee qabrihi wa nawwir lahu feehi Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit. Al molay rachamim, shochayn bam’romim, ham-tzay m’nucha n’chona al kanfay Hash’china, b’ma-alot k’doshim...

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Michael W. Barnard
Feb27

Michael W. Barnard

One of the fascinating things about working at MUM.edu is the occasional arrival of someone (faculty, staff, students) with an extensive professional background. A good example on the student side was a woman who was so famous (in South Africa) from modeling and TV work that she couldn’t walk out in public alone, but enjoyed a quiet anonymity on campus. A more recent arrival (though it has been few years) is Michael W. Barnard,...

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Freedom
Feb09

Freedom

What our friends on the right call “freedom” is really, at its core, “me-dom.” Yes, that American pride in rugged individuality has, entwined around it’s roots, a quality of “and you are on your own, sucker.” Why else is it that socialism is such a dirty word? The “dang” to communism’s damn. After all, Marxism/Communism/Socialism are not, in essence, ideas with bad intent, anymore than religions are, in principle, licenses to...

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Message to poets
Feb08

Message to poets

I have nothing to say to you But know that  I don’t have to say it because you are already in touch with nothing. Since it seems that nothing is the message in almost every poem —the deep, silent, full nothing that is at the basis of everything— You are not my audience (what can I tell you?) It’s for others who think they can’t write a poem but can read and be reminded of nothing, in the middle of a busy day, and in that silence,...

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Today’s alternative news – from the future
Jan24

Today’s alternative news – from the future

The Rainbow Coalition documents 307 rainbow sightings this weekend in the Continental US. Observers note the increased adoption of the cultural practice of kissing whoever is closest to you in case of rainbows, regardless of race, nationality, height, weight, nationality, sexual orientation or college football team loyalties. The final dissolution of all state boundaries within the former United States has been completed, just in time...

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