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Gifts to the Universal King

The story of the Magi’s visit to the newborn Christ Child in Matthew is one of the archetypes of the Christmas season. Most popularly, the Magi are the archetypes of giving because of the gifts they brought to the Christ Child and they are often credited with being responsible for the exchanges of gifts customary during the Christmas season, even among people who otherwise have nothing to do with Christianity. 638 more words


Daily Reset

“…dirt matter out of place.”
(Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger)

When the day’s settling is done, I seek
order in domestic chaos, restoring
categories I never previously held: 120 more words


The Apostle Kanye

God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us?

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When I was at home, I was in a better place

I am a railway child -or, more specifically, I am the child of a railway father. And as a result the family was transferred to a new location every few years; I have lived in almost every province of Canada at one time or other, so home for me was always a shifting target -a work in progress. 993 more words

Mary Douglas's Garden

What is a weed? Perhaps that’s a trick question. And
no, I’m not talking about marijuana (although according to Agriculture
Victoria, marijuana is, in fact, classified as a “noxious weed”. 893 more words


261. (Mary Douglas)

For a while, I tried to think through Mary Douglas’ “cultural theory” in relation to attitudes towards waste in nineteenth-century British poetry. The upside of the theory is that it allows for comparisons between cosmologies, classifying not the substance of beliefs, but the density and frequency of internal and external classification scheme boundaries along two axes. 1,001 more words

Reading Journal

B O D Y I M A G E - a reflection of society's 'expectations'.

We live in societies which thrive as a bustling, digital metropolis. How many likes? How many comments? Do I look too big or do I look a bit too small? 580 more words