Experts Agree— “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Extremely Important—Too Bad They Can’t Define It

Since I spend my summers near Minneapolis, I have become a part of a working group at my alma mater, the University of Minnesota, that is called the Religion and the Public University Collaborative (RPUC).  Tomorrow we will discuss research by sociologist Nancy Ammerman that led to her important book, Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes. Often … Continue reading Experts Agree— “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Extremely Important—Too Bad They Can’t Define It

Injecting Bleach or Ingesting Beach—Inquiring Minds Want to Know

I’m writing this quick note after reading a New York Times piece and reader’s thread about Trump’s suggestion to combat coronavirus by “injecting” a form of bleach as a sort of "cleansing” (now walked back to supposedly being “sarcastic” which seems a little worse than sincerity). I noticed on cable TV as this story was … Continue reading Injecting Bleach or Ingesting Beach—Inquiring Minds Want to Know

The Death of My Old Hometown: Sucking Out the Wealth, Filling the Gap with Fecal Pollution

Last summer, on a road trip between Minneapolis to Kansas City, I passed through a small town in Iowa where I lived from age two to five.  Here is a picture I took. I have few personal memories of my early years, and almost all of them are filtered through home movies that I watched … Continue reading The Death of My Old Hometown: Sucking Out the Wealth, Filling the Gap with Fecal Pollution