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In writing The Penn State Student Broadcasting Story for The LION 90.7fm’s new historical marker last year, I learned a lot about Penn State’s college radio origins. Here’s what we wrote: Launched in 1912 on the eve of the First World War, 8XE was, according to The Daily Collegian, “one of the first experimental licenses…

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Reverence is a gift

Chris Buchignani and Kevin Horne got together last week to clean up and start restoring the gravesite of Evan Pugh and Rebecca Valentine Pugh near Penn State’s campus in Bellefonte’s Union Cemetery: I wrote and excerpted thinking on human dignity the other day, but that higher level thinking translates into this very practical way in which…

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Exiles, not immigrants

Understand something, please: My parents are exiles, not immigrants. There is an enormous difference. They didn’t come to this country looking for money. They left money behind and came here to risk poverty. They did so because they were exiled from a land they didn’t want to leave and still miss, a land they will…

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Resurrection

Wesley Hill distinguishes between resuscitation of a corpse and the resurrection of the dead: There is a profound difference, in orthodox Christian thinking, between, say, the raising of Lazarus from the dead (recounted in the Gospel of John, chapter 11) and God the Father’s vindication of Jesus Christ on Easter morning. In the former instance, Lazarus…

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Easter

It’s Easter, and here is an Easter piece of music: Miserere mei, Deus is Latin for Have mercy on me, God. NPR brings out some of the history of this piece: Composer Gregorio Allegri’s “Miserere” is a piece of choral music so powerful that a 17th-century pope decreed it could be played only during the week…

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Village life

I’ve gotten into History’s “Vikings” series lately. It weaves together the stories of Ragnar Lodbrok and the Viking excursions of the dark ages. It’s held together with a particularly strong performance by Travis Fimmel, who portrays Ragnar. I screenshot the village scene above because it was so beautiful. It’s from a Yule celebration wherein the…

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A messaging system, not a library

Adrienne LaFrance writes on the void that is the internet: The web, as it appears at any one moment, is a phantasmagoria. It’s not a place in any reliable sense of the word. It is not a repository. It is not a library. It is a constantly changing patchwork of perpetual nowness. … “There are…

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Creative responses to failure

I think Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program is one of the best programs of its kind in the country. I know some call Philadelphia a “city of murals.” It’s true they seem to be everywhere. I’ve been thinking about murals for a few years, most recently on a visit to State College where I’m working with a…

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Barking Spider

In the spirit of sharing experiences, here’s something I wrote while sitting in a Cleveland bar in May 2013. It’s amazing how words, these little markings, can call into our consciousness an experience from years ago. What are the things that are real but pass into unrecorded history? That is, what are the experiences we have…

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Scent of rain

This is something I wrote two years ago, recounting an experience. I plan to write more of these, but figured I’d start by looking at where I’ve been before. After working into the early hours of the morning one night earlier this year, I decided to start the new day with a run through the…

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