Essays & Images on Cities, Travel and Contemporary Culture. A web journal of James A. Clapp, Ph.D., an UrbisMedia Ltd. Production

Vol.95.6: THE FLOCK

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.President Obama got some great reviews for his eulogy for the Black victims of the Charleston massacre a couple of days ago. Segments went, as the saying goes these days, “viral.”  It was

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Vol.95.3: A DIVINE MADNESS

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We have all seen the unfortunate person on street corner babbling incomprehensibly (to us) to some invisible imagined being.  And we have all seen people praying before (and to) statues and

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Vol.91.6: HAPPY ALL SAINTS DAY TO YOU

Capezzoli di St. Agatha, a Sicilian delicacy

Capezzoli di St. Agatha, a Sicilian delicacy

[Slightly revised No. 23.3]

The day after Halloween, in the Roman Catholic Church, is “All Saints Day.”  This is a good day to pray to the patron saint for bellyaches from eating

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Vol.91.5: THINKING ABOUT THE MUZZIES (Again)

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© 2009, UrbisMedia

[No. 44. 7: Revised and Expanded]

Recently, my cousin sent to me a link to a website that had been sent to her by a friend who, in recommending it’s veracity

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Vol.91.1: NOTES FROM MY OBAMA FILE, Part 1

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© UrbisMedia 2014

In just a little over two years we will be choosing a new president and, since this is America, we have already begun the campaign process.  I am not announcing my candidacy today (two can play that

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Vol.90.5: THE SCOURGE

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Watching Hamas and the IDF go at it in the land that is called “holy” by both sides, but would more aptly be called The Bloody Land

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Vol.90.4: A GOD GENE?

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“Atheism will always be a harder sell than religion, Pascal Boyer explains, because a slew of cognitive traits predispose us to faith.” Boyer is the author of

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Vol.89.1: Creation Re-Boot (Re-Boat?)

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© 2014, UrbisMedia

Lost passage from Genesis: Gen 2.0: And God felt that his computer had crashed when the humans he had created from his animation program had gone all crazy killing

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Vol.86.8: ABRAHAM’S DELUSION: Out of the Back of Bulls

Disclaimer: No ruminants or humans were sacrificed in the writing of this essay. And no disrespect is intended toward any religion or persons of faith. Well

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Vol.86.1: Hey! It’s ‘All Saints Day’ Again!

Capezzoli di St. Agatha, a Sicilian delicacy

Capezzoli di St. Agatha, a Sicilian delicacy

Oh when the saints go marchin’ in
Oh Lord I want to be in that number
When the saints go marchin’ in

Aside from his concern about the “dictatorship of relativism,”

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