Category Archives: discursive detours

Saints, Romans, Emperors

Quite a bit has changed since imperial engineers designed and built a bridge in Emerita Augusta, today’s Mérida. The Pax Romana died with Marcus Aurelius.1 The Roman Empire kept going until around Isidore of Seville’s day. The name Isidore started … Continue reading

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Easter Sunday Bombings

Some folks in Sri Lanka were at church this Easter morning. Others were at luxury hotels, starting another day’s work or enjoying breakfast. About 250 didn’t return home. Their deaths were headline news for the next 24 hours: “40 dead … Continue reading

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Good Friday

Our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem was like a ticker tape parade. The original one, in 1886, an impromptu celebration. Jesus had grassroots support that few celebrities or politicos achieve. Our Lord could have written his own ticket. All he … Continue reading

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Fukushima Cleanup: Slow Progress

A tsunami flooded the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant eight years ago. Fires, explosions and meltdowns followed. Folks living within 20 kilometers were told to leave the area. Radiation levels are dropping. A few folks are moving back. Clearing debris and … Continue reading

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