Change is a part of life

Hello readers! Apologies for my continued silence – and I’m sorry to say it’s going to continue for the next couple of months. My household is picking up and moving across the country over the next couple of weeks. This site will be unavailable from 1/23 to approximately mid-February. Please check back for new posts…

Days for parents

The other day I read Nicole Belanger’s post over on Modern Loss about Mother’s Day, and the feelings it evokes for her. Her powerful writing got me thinking about my own feelings about Mother’s Day & Father’s Day, although Mother’s Day hits me harder. After reading Belanger’s post, I wanted to tease apart my feelings about…

Feeling like a feminist failure

I’ve had a couple of experiences recently that have left me feeling like an utter failure at being a feminist. Once again, I am thinking about what being a ‘feminist’ means and how to be feminist in my everyday life. In general, I am hesitant to express my opinions, shy, and introverted. It seems that…

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Research Process, Part II – Sources

Click here for Part I: Choosing a research topic Sometimes I have a very clear idea of my project before I start looking for articles, books, and other materials to support my argument. More often, though, I have a general idea of my topic and then do a catalog search in an academic/university library. Tip: many…

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Research Process, Part I – Choosing a Topic

I mentioned in my January update post that I’m starting work on a project for publication. I thought it might be helpful to me, and hopefully some of my readers, to write about my research and writing processes as I go through them. My intention with this series of posts is to: Think through my…

Looking back, looking ahead (January update)

As January already draws to a close – no, I don’t know where it went – I’ve been thinking about the first year of this blog, 2014, and what 2015 holds for me. In retrospect it seems that 2014 was the year of writing book reviews. I had two reviews published (here and here), and…

Would you like a moat with your gate?

I follow several blogs devoted to the study of religion, as well as blogs oriented around the study of gender, feminism, and/or sexuality studies, anthropology, and higher education. It’s a long list and I don’t always read every post as closely as perhaps I should. The posts from the Religion Bulletin usually capture my attention…

Colorado Gives Day 2014

I’m pleased (and fortunate) to be contributing to today’s Colorado Gives Day! Unfortunately, like so many of us, I tend to think about giving to charities only around the holidays. One of my goals is to be more conscious year-round, but for right now the Colorado Gives Day is a perfectly timed reminder to donate to groups in need…

Monday Music: “En Priere” by G. Faure

This is the last Monday Music feature for this year! They’ll be back in January. For those of you in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving, and happy holiday season to everyone! As an undergrad music major, I chose to do a recital in the spring of my senior year. The standard recital called for a variety…

Monday music: “Lift Thine Eyes” by F. Mendelssohn

Today’s music feature ventures into the world of the oratorio, with the gorgeous trio “Lift Thine Eyes” from Felix Mendelssohn‘s Elijah. Felix Mendelssohn was born in February of 1809 in Hamburg. To give you some musical-historical context, Felix was born less than twenty years after the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791). The fifth symphony of…

Review of J. Cheah “Race and Religion in American Buddhism”

Thanks to Nova Religio for both providing me the opportunity to read this book, and then publishing the review! If you have an institutional subscription to Nova Religio, please consider downloading it there. However if you’re in a similar situation as I am currently – no institutional access – you may download the PDF below.  [gview file=”https://claire.skriletz.net/files/2014/10/Cheah_RaceAndReligioninAmericanBuddhism_published.pdf”]

Monday Music: Miserere by H. Gorecki

In preparing for this post, I was reminded that my introduction to Henryk Gorecki (1933-2010) – along with thousands of others in Western Europe and the English-speaking world – was his gorgeous Symphony No. 3, the “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.” A recording of the symphony by the London Sinfonietta and Dawn Upshaw sold a record…