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Sharia Law in Indiana? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/03/next-we-muslims-bring-sharia-to-indiana.html

No matter where you stand on this issue, there are vast cultural implications for the wave of new religious freedom laws.  Ask yourself, “Is religious freedom ever bad?”

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Medieval Cemetery… http://www.archaeology.org/news/3134-150401-cambridge-medieval-cemetery

It’s interesting that no pregnant women or infants were found in the cemetery.  Even though medieval male religious orders rarely treated women, because it was considered indecent, we’d expect a few to be found in most cemeteries dating to this period.  Dying in childbirth, and infant mortality were very high…Cambridge-Cemetery

Lucy and Little Foot. http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/little-foot-lucy-two-pre-human-species-co-existed-scientists-n333656

We were actually lucky enough to see Little Foot in situ in the breccia in South Africa.  This is a fascinating article.  Advances in technology give archaeologists the ability to learn new things from old finds.  It’s always exciting…


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The sound of ice thudding and crunching against the ship’s hull wakes me, and the pain is stunning.

…My hands are chained together, so I lift them as one and push tangles of ivory hair out of my eyes. It must be night. During the day, light seeps into the hold and turns it gray. Now all is blackness. My world is little more than stench and sound. People breathe all around me. Some breathe deeply, still asleep. Others pant in pain. Near the prow, a man sobs. We’ve spent eleven days together in this dark sewer, listening to rumors fly. Some think we’re going to a slave market in Iceland…

Young Thyra’s journey from Denmark to North America is not an easy one.


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