The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Travel is my reason for being. Due to finances, I haven’t been able to leave the country in several years, but I have been to 19 other countries, and these experiences have been the high points in my life. I strongly encourage everyone to travel. It’s the only way you can truly have an open …

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Here’s what’s sad. I’m willing to bet that 99 Americans out of 100 have never heard of Mehinour el-Masry, a brave human rights protester who has been jailed by the Egyptian government for exercising what we would consider to be her basic human right to free speech. I only heard of her the other day …

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Roman Emperor Diocletian, best known for his brutal persecution of Gnostics and Christians in general, but also for his many wide sweeping positive reforms, had a 20 year run as Emperor which is nothing to sneeze at in that dangerous office. But in 305 AD, he was not feeling well. Not feeling well at all. …

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In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a Muslim. I’m a Unitarian Universalist. But I have worn a hijab on two occasions. Since I am not a Hijabi (which is a woman who wears a hijab), and have not experienced what it is like to wear a head scarf day in and day …

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