Category: lillian e smith

Angel of Death

Recently, I’ve started relistening to a lot of mewithouYou, especially after writing about their song “Dryness and the Rain” for my “Politics in ‘Christian’ Songs” series. That song led me to play it’s all crazy! it’s all false! it’s all a dream! it’s alright (2009) on repeat, partly because it’s one of the six cds that have been in my car’s cd player for, … Read More Angel of Death

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Why Do I Teach?

I never thought I’d become an educator, in any sense of the word. When I was an undergraduate, I wanted to be a marine biologist, not an educator. Well, chemistry really did a number on me, so I changed majors, moving from biology to secondary education with a focus on biology and minor in English. I am, for the most part, an introvert, and … Read More Why Do I Teach?

Politics in “Christian” Songs IV

Like all of the bands I’ve written about in this series, Zao came out of the “Christian” music scene of the 1990s and 2000s, a scene spearheaded in many ways by Tooth and Nail Records and Solidstate (the harder branch of Tooth and Nail). However, the bands I’ve discussed have dropped that “Christian” label, pointing out the problematic nature with such a label, specifically … Read More Politics in “Christian” Songs IV

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Our Ingrained and Unconscious Biases

One night, a father and his son were driving home from an event. It was a stormy night, and as they rounded a corner, the car skidded off the road, hitting a tree. The father dies on impact, and his son experienced significant injuries and was transported to the hospital for emergency surgery. When the ambulance arrived at the hospital, the paramedics rushed the … Read More Our Ingrained and Unconscious Biases

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Severed History in Nate Powell’s “Save it For Later” Part II

In last Thursday’s post, I started looking at “Good Trouble, Bad Flags” in Nate Powell’s Save It For Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest. Specifically, I looked at the ways that Powell discusses the severing of history and the erasure of history that occurs throughout our collective consciousness. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at a few more moments … Read More Severed History in Nate Powell’s “Save it For Later” Part II