Additional Resources on Japanese-American Internment Camps During World War II

I began this series of posts talking about how little I knew about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, even when I was an upper-division college student at UC-Berkeley. At the same time I "discovered" the internment, I also discovered resistance within the internment camps. Almost 30 years later, now, and much more … Continue reading Additional Resources on Japanese-American Internment Camps During World War II

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My Love of Whisk(e)y and the Alcohol Epidemic in the United States

I love whisk(e)y. My love knows almost no boundaries. American, Canadian, Indian, Irish, Japanese, Scotch, Texas. Barley, corn, rye, wheat. Neat, rocks, mixed. To fuel my love I have been reading Reid Mitenbuler’s recent book, Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey. Early on, Mitenbuler introduces the first alcohol distiller among the British … Continue reading My Love of Whisk(e)y and the Alcohol Epidemic in the United States

Concealed Carry Fun with Google Ngram

My writing accountability partner recently turned me on to Google Ngram. The search engine lets you you electronically comb through millions of books in Google’s database for certain words or phrases. (You can read about the technical details on Google or Wikipedia.) I searched for the phrase “concealed carry” as a case-insensitive phrase and the … Continue reading Concealed Carry Fun with Google Ngram

Read Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members: A Novel

Whether you write letters of recommendation or not – but especially if you write letters of recommendation – read Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members. It is a novel written in the form of letters of recommendation by Jason T. Fitger, Professor of Creative Writing and English at Payne University. Although not a typical narrative, the … Continue reading Read Julie Schumacher’s Dear Committee Members: A Novel

Official Catholic View of Use of Lethal Force in Self-Defense

Miguel at the Gun Free Zone blog posted recently about a new book by a Texas police officer called Jesus Christ on Killing. I expect to see evangelical Christians taking this position, but Miguel brings to light some interesting passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that I had not previously read: The seldom … Continue reading Official Catholic View of Use of Lethal Force in Self-Defense

Enter to Win a Free Copy of My Book “Becoming Catholic” from Goodreads

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Reflections on Walter Benjamin’s “Unpacking My Library” on the Occasion of Unpacking My Library

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What I’m Reading: Gabrielle Hamilton’s “Blood, Bones, and Butter”

I decided to "read" (i.e., listen to) Gabrielle Hamilton's Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef solely based on the blurb written by Anthony Bourdain: "Magnificent. Simply the best memoir by a chef ever. Ever." As the author of what many consider the best memoir ever -- Kitchen Confidential -- I … Continue reading What I’m Reading: Gabrielle Hamilton’s “Blood, Bones, and Butter”