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…

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…

Monday Music: Miserere by Gregorio Allegri

In my last two Monday Music features, I’ve talked about composers and pieces that are reasonably well known. Today’s feature, a setting of the Miserere mei Deus text, comes from a composer that is not as well known: Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652). In preparing for this post, I searched through all of the music history books…

Is it really possible to be organized?

As a teenager, the idea of working 9am-5pm behind a desk seemed like one of the lower circles of Hell, and played a not-insignificant role in my decision to pursue music as a career. Working full time in IT after graduating college did nothing to improve my opinion of an 8am/9am-5pm job. (Especially when 9a-5p…

X-Men, X-Masculinity, X-cuse me

This is a bit different than my posts so far. We rented a movie over the weekend and I had an unexpectedly strong response to the gender and racial stereotypes. However, because this is not an academic post, I am not going to dive into explaining what I mean by “feminism” and “feminist.” That’s a topic for…