By the early twentieth century, literacy rates in Russia substantially increased among urban workers and peasants as a result of extending public education to previous illiterate sectors of the population. This drive toward adult education was not only driven by earlier Tsarist reforms to the education system, but also by a voluntary movement of popular […]
Archives for October 2019
We had the funeral services for my mother-in-law, though between us we never really used the “in-law” designation. I was her son and she was mother dear. Grief always comes in stages, even when it is ritualized. And like all places, KwaZulu has its rituals. I am accustomed to the wake being a time when […]
Out with the dog on a hot muggy Alabama afternoon with temperatures skirting 100, I walked across the parking lot of the African-American church across from where I live. In the middle of the tarmac, someone – presumably church parishioners – had planted a flower-bed anchored with wood pallets. I always stopped to look at […]
Heads up on my day. I just got home and my phone has run out of juice. It took about two hours and twenty minutes, courtesy of the car service, local Sheepshead Bay Russians, but that’s another story. The car service ride is part of the deal. If one is willing to get cut by […]
Moments after Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10-years in prison for Botham Jean’s murder, Botham’s younger brother, Brandt Jean, gave a victim statement and hugged Guyger.