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To Hide or De-Face the Homophobic

By Lydia Holt

I recently decided to hide a Facebook friend instead of de-Facing her altogether. I barely remember her from high school and don’t dislike her, but I couldn’t stand to read anymore of her hyper-religious posts. 


Roundtable: Engaging Students as Adults

Nichole: Lucinda would love your thoughts on this one (of course, everyone else can chime in). This post is by a black female professor who tackles the question of the role of liberal arts in higher education by focusing on how/where/when does learning taking place. She cedes some of the control of the classroom to her students and makes them responsible for reflecting on what they have learned over the course of a semester. 



Roundtable: Silence-- the Golden Opportunity to Demonize?

Nichole: Lydia hopefully you will start us off. The New York Times published an article discussing the tension between maintaining traditional religious beliefs and spiritual practices, here the Day of Silence, in the face of very modern challenges--rebuilding after terrorist actions, reconciling the "silence" of technology ("we can still SMS") with actual silence, tourism, among others. How do we make space for spiritual practice today? 


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Side Dish: The Miracle That Is Beer Bread…Who Knew?!

Since I was a kid, I have spent a portion of my Saturday watching cooking shows. Back then it was Julia Child and Jacques Pépin on our local PBS station. Of course, I have many more options now than I did a little more than thirty years ago—Food Network, Cooking Channel, TLC, etc.—so many cooking shows, so little time.

I had all but forgotten about the cooking magic that happens on my once-beloved PBS until a few weeks ago when I watched an episode of Sara’s Weeknight Meals. The show was all about sandwiches. The host, Sara Moulton, said she would be making something called beer bread. I was intrigued and transfixed by the idea. The recipe was so simple. Of course, Sara's bread looked great—she had the magic of television on her side. I was skeptical, but I knew I had to try it—so, I did.

Photograph by Ali at GimmeSomeOven.com

I reduced the recipe by half (professional bakers advise against tinkering with the measurements in this way). If it didn’t turn out well, it would be better to have a small loaf to throw out rather than a large one.

Fortunately, the bread was a huge hit. It goes fantastically with a bowl of chili. Absolutely delicious! Unfortunately, I finished the loaf before realizing I should take a picture. So, the picture is not mine—but this loaf looks a lot like mine did.

Next time, I’m going to try adding scallions or onions. It may also work with cinnamon and raisins. The possibilities are almost endless!


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