World’s Oldest Smiley Face May Decorate a Hittite Jug

24 Jul

We seem to have the Hittites to thank for the original emoji. Read about it here at the Smithsonian: World’s Oldest Smiley Face May Decorate a Hittite Jug | Smart News | Smithsonian

Dunkirk in the Department of State Records

24 Jul

On Dunkirk and U.S. archives, see this post by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park.: Dunkirk in the Department of State Records | The Text Message

The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s

24 Jul

By passing as a professor, James Richard Shinn made off with over $100,000 worth of books. Read Susan Falciani’s fascinating account of the master book thief here: The Rare-Book Thief Who Looted College Libraries in the ’80s – Atlas Obscura

International Church of Cannabis – Denver, Colorado

24 Jul

Meet the Mandaeans: Australian followers of John the Baptist celebrate new year

21 Jul

Mandaeans are followers of John the Baptist, and believe that baptism should occur throughout one’s life. But the ancient religion is in danger of dying out. Read this fascinating account of this religion at the Australian Broadcast Corporation’s site: Meet the Mandaeans: Australian followers of John the Baptist celebrate new year – RN – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

George McGovern and the Religious Left

19 Jul

Historian David Swartz here interviews historian Mark Lempke on Lempke’s new book on George McGovern and Progressive Christianity: George McGovern and the Religious Left

Before Sloth Meant Laziness, It Was the Spiritual Sin of Acedia

19 Jul

At Atlas Obscura, Kelsey Kennedy provides a concise and astute consideration of the history of the vice of acedia: Before Sloth Meant Laziness, It Was the Spiritual Sin of Acedia – Atlas Obscura

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