When an atheist philosophy professor plans to
forego dusty arguments in his class, he insists the new students declare that
God Is Dead.
Unable to do this, Josh is challenged to defend his faith and prove to the class that God is not dead. With everything on the line, Josh's faith is unwavering...and life-changing to those around him.
America is famously known as a nation of immigrants. Millions of Europeans journeyed to the United States in the peak years of 1892–1924, and Ellis Island, New York, is where the great majority landed. (Read more...)
Ellis Island opened in 1892 with the goal of placing immigration under the control of the federal government and systematizing the entry process. What happened along the journey? How did the processing of so many people work? What were the reactions of the newly arrived to the process (and threats) of inspection, delays, hospitalization, detention, and deportation? How did immigration officials attempt to protect the country from diseased or
unfit newcomers, and how did these definitions take shape and change? What happened to people who failed screening? How, at the journey's end, did immigrants respond to admission to their new homeland?
Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. (Read more...)
The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says,
I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world, that of books and culture.
Eventually, despite repeated confrontations with his father, Pat managed to claw his way toward a life he could have only imagined as a child. Pat's great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. While the publication of The Great Santini brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused with his father brought even more attention. Their long-simmering conflict burst into the open, fracturing an already battered family.
As Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. In the final years of Don Conroy's life, he and his son reached a rapprochement of sorts. Quite unexpectedly, the Santini who had freely doled out physical abuse to his wife and children refocused his ire on those who had turned on Pat over the years. He defended his son's honor.
Get PreppedParty: local writer Rachel Mendell will share some tips on getting started on that novel and how to pace your word count. Refreshments will be served and each participant will receive a
Getting Started Kit.
gingerbreadhouse. Judges will award first and second place prizes for each of the following categories:
Best in Showvotes as you can.
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