In her book Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, the linguist Gretchen McCulloch astutely observes that the way people in a given locality speak doesn’t often change much, even in the face of many technological advances: …people were still talking like their neighbors rather than like TV and
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the amendment that gave women the right to vote. In 1920, the state of Tennessee became the last state needed to ratify it and make it the law of the land. As with
We are not for Names, nor Men, nor Titles of Government, nor are we for this Party, nor against the other, because of its Name and Pretense; but we are for Justice and Mercy, and Truth and Peace, and true Freedom, that these may be exalted in our Nation.
During the current coronavirus outbreak, when Quakers around the world are seeking to minister to those in need, it is inspiring to recall the extraordinary work done by Friends in Ireland, Britain, and the United States to relieve the suffering of the Irish poor during the Great Famine of the
Back in my college days, I got into an unexpectedly lively discussion with my then-fiancee about, of all things, whether we would tell our future children that there was a Santa Claus. Like most people, he was all for it. I had reservations. For one thing, I didn’t feel comfortable