After many months of procrastination and distraction, this guy’s personal website is available for general public consumption. See it at BartEverson.com — I welcome any and all feedback.
October greetings. I hope you will take a few moments to read the latest installment of my column, “The New Spooky.”
It’s about that time. Yeah, you know what I’m talking about: the equinox. No, not that equinox — the other one.
I thought I had little or nothing to say about the subject. As is so often the case, once I got to writing, I discovered how wrong I was. The result is a column so monstrously large, it had to be split in two.
And as if that wasn’t enough, I’ve also put together a mix of autumnal equinox music.
Just in time for the summer solstice, my article “Flowers to Flame” has been published on Humanistic Paganism. I think this may the best thing I’ve written. If you’ve got a moment, please give it a read; if you’re rushed, just take a look at the pretty pictures, and you’ll get the basic point.
Today we are celebrating a Spring in the Subtropics and a Spring in the Self.
I’ve been doing it again: writing elsewhere.
I’ve just finished up a series of six essays for College Contemplative on the topic of “Contemplative Faculty Development.”
- My Story
- Stepping into Silence
- The Transformative Banquet
- Sustaining the Dialog
- What’s Next
Read at your own risk; I apologize in advance for the length.
I wrote these in preparation for the Fifth Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education where I presented on this same topic. More to come.
I recently read Toby Tyrrell’s new book, On Gaia, which provoked me to write three short essays. The first is a review of the book, and the subsequent two are further ruminations inspired by this reading.
I feel well out of my depth here and welcome your insights.
Since I don’t seem to have anything interesting to say, I thought I’d just link to Oyster’s brilliant short essay on why we need to repeal that unfortunate recent legislation we’ve all heard so much about. I considered myself vaguely in favor of the new rules until I read this. Give it a look, it might just change your mind.
Here’s the top ten referrers to this blog since, um, well whenever it was I installed this new stats package.
- adrastos.blog-city.com 274
- michaelhoman.blogspot.com 185
- librarychronicles.blogspot.com 154
- righthandthief.blogspot.com 136
- tanque.org 98
- toulousestreet.wordpress.com 72
- google.com/ig 71
- mcno.org 66
- flickr.com/photos/editor 56
- howieluvzus.com 54
What the hell? I thought I was Everson à Orleans.
Parenthesis Eye reports on the panel discussion in which I participated last week.
Something tells me this list shouldn’t be posted in the clear.
The YatPundit posts a scorching yet thoughtful account of a neighborhood meeting in New Orleans.
Back in September of 2005, I wondered if Katrina would become an campaign issue in 2008. Now pollster John Zogby says it just might:
73 percent say the U.S is in a serious crisis, according to our recent polling.
This suggests a need to redefine the very nature and structure of U.S. federalism. In our post-Katrina polling, we found a hunger nationwide for a new model for the federal government. In many ways, I believe Katrina, over the long haul, will prove to be more of a defining moment in American history than the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Update: Leigh Graham has some additional analysis.
Kudos to Silence Is Violence for letting people know about Nagin’s State of the City address tomorrow. [Wednesday, May 30, 6:30pm, Nat’l D-Day Museum]
Why would someone burglarize the Public Integrity Bureau of the New Orleans Police Department? Speculations are welcome over at Signal 26.
I’m proud of my neighbor, co-worker and friend Michael Homan, who will testify before the US Senate on Wednesday. Go man go.
Two articles grabbed my attention this morning:
- New Orleans since the storm: An American travesty by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
- Feeding 18,000 Families Each Month in One Neighborhood in New Orleans: The Right to Return Eighteen Months after Katrina by Bill Quigley
Reading these makes me sad and angry. The mainstream media is bleak enough, but these perspectives from the radical press are beyond bleak. I wish I could say that they are exaggerating, that they go too far, that what they are saying about New Orleans is not true. But I’m afraid they’re telling it like it is.
None of this is news to those of us living here. I only pass these links along in hopes that some more people outside New Orleans will read these articles and get a picture of the enormity of our struggle.
I’m desperate for a glimmer of hope:
Students from sixteen colleges, including Xavier, Tulane, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, San José State, Stanford, and University of Michigan have put out a call to all college campuses to participate in a “National Post-Katrina College Summit” for April 9-14.
The Post-Katrina College Summit will be a nationwide, weeklong effort to raise awareness about the Gulf Coast through documentary showings, speakers, spoken word, teach-ins, rallies, petition drives, and other events. The Summit is an attempt to catapult New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast back into the national consciousness and to promote federal legislation for a New Deal-style program for the Gulf Coast.
Welcome art.rox to the “dot rox” family of blogs. They’ll be writing about “art journalism outside the big media centers of New York City and Los Angeles.”