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Wordless Wednesday: Dutch Architecture Through the Ages

Tagged: architecture, canals, Dutch architecture, neudeflat, oudegracht, photography, utrecht canals, wordless wednesday...

Is the Problem with Islam Today Wahhabism?

"Open letter to Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz" Saudi Arabia should curb Wahhabi ideology to alleviate human suffering in the Muslim worldby Ani Zonneveld Ani Zonneveld (Photo Credit: Arzeen's Photography) Dear King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz,Assalamu-alaikum.I am a 52-year-old Malaysian-born Muslim. Show More Summary

Wordless Wednesday: Willibrord and the Domtoren

Tagged: architecture, cathedral, domtoren, Dutch architecture, misty scenes of utrecht, photography, Utrecht churches, willibrordkerk, wordless wednesday

Chapel Hill Vs Copenhagen - Which Is Terrorism?

Comedian and actor Russell Brand may strike some people as uncouth or vulgar, but he is spot on about the media's portrayal of Muslims as terrorists.

Sunny Utrecht

After a whole lot of grey, dark days, the sun has made a return visit to Utrecht. There’s a bit of fogginess making the Domtoren somewhat ethereal, but overall, we’ve got bright blue skies today. It’s still cold, but the … Continue reading ?

RIP Sheriff

I woke to horrible news yesterday. A neighborhood icon, Sheriff the cat, had died. Even more tragic, his death came as the result of some vile person kicking him. The animal ambulance came, but there was too much internal bleeding … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: The Dom

Tagged: architecture, cathedral, gargoyles, gothic architecture, photography, things to see in Utrecht, utrecht cathedral

Tank Man

During the summer of 2013, the Call of the Mall art event took place in the Hoog Catharijne shopping center here in Utrecht. A variety of art works in multiple mediums were placed throughout the mall. The Celestial Tea Pot, … Continue reading ?

Pretty Vacant

You’ve got to love an art installation that calls to mind both the Sex Pistols and medieval architecture. The installation titled Pretty Vacant, by Amsterdam-based Rietveld Landscape, was in one of the chapels at the Centraal Museum. However, because I … Continue reading ?

Caturday: Box Edition

Cats and boxes go together like peanut butter and jam. In our household, if there’s a box, there’s a cat either in it or on it. That’s pretty normal, as even wild cats, such as lions and tigers, have shown … Continue reading ?

Driving Developments

The women's driving movement in Saudi Arabia took a big hit recently with the imprisonment of two Saudi women who were arrested for driving. Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, have both been held in Saudi jails since early December, longer than any other Saudi females who have been apprehended for defying the driving ban. Show More Summary

Wordless Wednesday: The Oudegracht Lights Up

Tagged: canals, Dutch canals, light displays, oudegracht, photography, trajectum lumen, utrecht canals, wordless wednesday

Celebrating Nijntje (Miffy)

While friends were visiting in November, I finally got around to seeing the dick bruna huis. Admission is included in your ticket to the Centraal Museum (which is across the street from the dick bruna house), but I had never … Continue reading ?

Review: Buddhism Through American Buddhist Women’s Eyes

This newest series of essays written by American Buddhist women, edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo is one of a number of such volumes introducing and promoting women’s roles in the current formation of Buddhism in America and worldwide. Other important volumes include Sandy Boucher’s Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism, Lenore Friedman’s […]

Book Review: Brad Warner’s Sex, Sin, and Zen

Being a follower of trends mostly within the Theravada and vipassana scenes, I have never had an opportunity to read Brad Warner’s work. Although I was aware of him as a kind of youthful, funny, irreverent, and popular figure within American Zen circles, I never thought about diving into his now series of books and […]

Wordless Wednesday: Dreaming of Colour

(Not quite wordless as I feel the urge to rant about Flickr and how my original photos looked much better on my laptop than they do now that they’ve been filtered through Flickr. Grrrrrr.) Tagged: autumn color, oranje, oudegracht, photography, … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: A Bit More Pieterskerkhof

Tagged: Dutch architecture, photography, pieterskerkhof, Utrecht churches, winter light, wordless wednesday

Time Travel: Pieterskerkhof and the Domtoren

The browser tab cleanup continues … This image (photo via Het Utrechts Archief) of Pieterskerkhof, with the Domtoren in the background, is from 1925. This is a stretch that really hasn’t changed much at all. That’s Pieterskerk (St. Peter’s Church), … Continue reading ?

The Dom’s Architect

I’m a tab hoarder in my browser and regularly have more tabs open than is really necessary, but often they’re made up of things that I want to write about. However, sometimes I feel like they require more research than … Continue reading ?

Blue Sky Dreaming

It’s that time of year again when the skies are grey and rain shows up in the daily forecast. In other words, the weather vacillates between meh and miserable. I really should get one of those sun lamps, but until … Continue reading...

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