Thursday, November 12, 2009 RELIQUARY DIARY: October 22. Entering St. Michael Catholic Church in Gainesville, GA. A video of Father Michelet and slideshow. Close-up images, including the procession. Change of pace to see a smaller gathering and to hear Father Michelet's extremely persuasive, comforting voice. You can download this short video and see how the relic is handled or managed as she exits the van. The sound of birds in the background is very soothing.
Saturday, August 15, 2009 New Video: Spotted on Salon
I'm posting this video of Joan Walsh on Hardball for a friend who follows American politics from overseas. (I find all this talk of 'government takeover' precious! I'm as leery of authoritarian governments as the next person, but what do these people actually mean when they invoke the G-word? I'd like to know more about what else they believe/support/don't support when it comes to government intrusion.)
Watching this is a must, if you want to look past the hype, smoke, mirrors ...and the idiotic jokes which too many are making about this young, sparsely populated state.
A Uni of Alaska history professor (David Noon) answers questions from James Pinkerton about Alaska politics, mythology, economics, history and religion.
I had no clue about the Russian Orthodox parishes in Western Alaska and the native population. Wow.
So why the heck doesn't Sarah Palin take a minute to tell us this rich, colourful stuff about her state? Instead of twittering on about "the border" and the tiresome concept of Russia as "other"? Alaska has a historic relationship with Russia; you can still see old Russian architecture in Sitka (which was the Russian capital of Alaska.)
Anyway. David Noon asserts that Protestant missionaries were much more aggressive, while the Russians were more adaptive, translating the bible into local (native) languages. This conversation is a welcome change of pace.
I blame Republican handlers, my liberal friends, and Palin herself for the inane perceptions that pass for regional humor these days. She's doing her own state a horrible disservice.