Author Archives: jyourist

Dancing the Hora on Martisor

I have a student who is Romanian. I told her that my mother is Romanian, so we have playfully exchanged a bit of simpatico through the year over our shared nationalities. A couple of days ago, she brought me this note with amulet … Continue reading

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Three espressos and 40 research papers

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“The Bus” by Paul Kirchner

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From the prosaic to the extraordinary

It is not news that it has been a rough February. With wind chill, the temperatures have sunk into dangerous ranges. The snow has accumulated over the month making travel treacherous. On the way back and forth from work there … Continue reading

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Hiram Revels

One hundred forty-five years ago today, on February 25, 1870, Hiram Revels (1827-1901) was sworn in as a U.S. Senator from Mississippi, the very first black man to hold this position. This was during Reconstruction, that brief, decade-long experiment in … Continue reading

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State of meditation lasting 1,000 years

This 1000 year old Chinese bronze sculpture of Buddha holds more than is obvious to the naked eye. It holds the mummified remains of the Buddhist monk Liuquan, a master of the Chinese Meditation School, at least this is who … Continue reading

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Magic Words

The students are presently working on their research papers. They have been reading about and exploring their topics for over a week and are starting to organize their ideas. Yesterday we talked about formulating a thesis. This concept is so … Continue reading

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