WINGSPREAD E-zine for January, 2017

“Spreading your wings in a perplexing world”
January, 2017                                                                                       James Hurd      


  • New blog article: Feasting with Mine Enemy
  • Writer’s Corner
  • Book and Film reviews
  • E-zine subscription information
  • How to purchase Wingspread: Of Faith and Flying
  • Quotable quotes


New blog article—Feasting with Mine Enemy

The Niyayobateri men circle the dance ground several times, then stop and stand stone-faced in the center of the shabono with their arrows cocked, gazing up into the darkening sky. This is the moment when they will learn if their Blapoteri hosts will accept them—or shoot them. I think, This could be the 1500s instead of 1969.

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 Writers’ Corner
 doestoevsky  Writer of the Month: Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881).
A Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, journalist and philosopher. His works explore human psychology in troubled 19th-century Russia. He was convicted of anti-state activities, subjected to a mock execution, and then exiled to Siberia for four years. His works include Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, and The Possessed.

Metaphor of the Month:   “…lit by a fire from beyond this world….” (enlivened by a transcendent quality)

Answers to last month’s quiz

  • You should vote, irregardless [regardless] of your political preferences.
  • Today they have less [fewer] workers than formerly. [Use “fewer” if you can count the items.]
  • Caribou smells good, like [as] a coffee shop should. [But, in today’s slatternly English, you can get away with “like.”]

 January’s Quiz:

Who is considered to have invented modern German?

  1. The Amish
  2. The Nazis
  3. Martin Luther
  4. Baron von Richthofen

Tip of the Month: How discriminate between “illusive, elusive, or allusive”?

  • Illusive: Unreal, insubstantial
  • Elusive: Hard to perceive, hard to capture
  • Allusive: Referring to, alluding to


Book and Film Reviews

Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment. Penguin Books, 2014. A psychological thriller (OK—“thriller” in a clunky Russian sort of way) about a man whose deadly guilt tortures him for years.)

Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son. Doubleday, 1992.  A profound meditation on Rembrandt’s painting of the same name. The unquenchable love of the father for his errant son.

Martin Luther, 3-program set on the Reformation, by Christian History Institute, 2016. The amazing story of Reformation upheaval: Lutheran (Luther and Melanchthon), Reformed movement (Zwingli and Calvin) and Anabaptist movement (Grabel, Sattler, Simons).


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 Quotable quotes

♠   This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I’d never met herbivore.

♠    I’m reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can’t put it down.

♠    I did a theatrical performance about puns.   It was a play on words.

♠    Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn’t control her pupils?

♠    What species of dinosaur has the most extensive vocabulary?  A thesaurus.

♠    Don’t worry about old age; it doesn’t last.

♠    Velcro – what a rip off!

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