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I Love October

This is a good week. My university is on spring break, and this means I don’t have to be around people (other than the family I obviously live with).  I can play in the snow, cycle, study, write, submit conference papers, clean house, and relax. My western social skills were set back after not socializing …
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What is Modernity?

January 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Lana Hope in History - (9 Comments)
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I am writing a short 3-part series on modernity, postmodernity, and why I am disillusioned by secularism and progress.  By no means do I mean for this to be exhaustive. In fact, in this post I will just mention one major characteristic of modernity, and I will not mention the other 999 things. Since I’m …
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the rest of the family

“You suck,” one of my friends said, half-joking. “What? What did you say again? You do suck,” another friend exclaimed. We were talking about a group of puppies who were being put to sleep at the humane society. It was heartbreaking. And somehow in this conversation abortion was brought up. I couldn’t bite my tongue …
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Since I haven’t blogged about where I live in SE Asia, when I say SE Asia, I actually don’t mean the whole dang region of SE Asia. It’s terribly unfair that when I blog about the culture, it lumps the Khmer in the same group as the Thais or the Thais in the same group …
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Love Will Win the Day

September 27th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in History | Missions | Philosophy | Politics - (8 Comments)
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I am studying in a Canadian university right now. I love the deep conversations with PhD bound students in graduate seminars where we hash out concepts I’d never hear anywhere else. But intellectual pride is also something deeply troubling. It’s made me edgy on my seat lately. Many (not all) people in the department are …
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BC 067

I’m settled in a new part of the world that is far better, for me, than anything south of Virginia.  It fits me. I have a bicycle, and cycle every day. The roads all have cycle lanes, and there are cycle paths through the forests, and I’m enjoying the mountains, the river, the tall trees, …
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Immigration Laws are a Bear

August 29th, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Politics | Travel - (3 Comments)
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Immigration laws are a bear! I used to think America should stiffen up immigration laws, send back anyone who had sneaked into the country, and shun everyone who did not learn English. Then I became an immigrant. Or a temporary resident, rather. Let me tell ya, I’ll never say, “just learn English” or  “just learn” …
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Travel Narratives: New Brunswick

July 31st, 2013 | Posted by Lana Hope in Faith | Travel - (1 Comments)
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I. On a warm Sunday morning on route towards Maine, I was walking the streets of St. John’s, New Brunswick, Canada. Actually I should say we were. And we looked the par of tourists. A tiny unit, two of us were in shorts, the youngest barefoot, all hyper, all with cameras. II. I parked the …
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