one of the billboards we managed to catch on the camera on our trip to Texas, 2011.
This is somewhere in the middle of Ohio, in case you were wondering.
1. Breathing the Same Air as Genius at Oxford American: We almost drove from Texas to Virginia by way of Milledgeville this summer. After reading Padgett Powell's delightful story I sort of feel like we actually did.
2. Benjamin Barber - If Mayors Ruled the World [TED TALK] via Englewood Review: My mom first passed this on to me and then I passed it on to my son -- the political science major who wants to make a difference in this world and feels pretty skeptical about national government. Benjamin Barber makes an excellent case for politics to go local.
3. John Perkins: The Sin of Racism Made Ferguson Escalate So Quickly at CT: It's going to take me a while to process and wonder and pray on the events from this summer. Open the eyes of my heart, Lord.
4. What Will I Do? A Call to Theologians from Brian Bantum via SPU Response: "There have been so many words and seemingly so little peace for the people of Ferguson. I am going to continue to prayer, to post, to shout out with them. But I am also going to pray with my life in the coming year, learning about the realities of my neighbors and working to help further the mechanisms, policies, and communities that can testify to God’s presence among us. "
5. Strange Fruit from SALT Project: "This is the story of an American masterpiece, the song TIME Magazine in 1999 called "the song of the century." But even more, this is a Good Friday story, an Easter Sunday story, a deeply human story of tragedy, defiance, genius, and grace."