A New Book Commemorates 150 Years of Chicago’s Erie Neighborhood House — Serving Immigrants, Neighbors, and Championing Social Justice

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MIPJ: Media, Information, International Relations and Humanitarian Affairs will be releasing a comprehensive history of Erie Neighborhood House (ENH) on October 15, 2020. Written by Maureen Hellwig, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Chicago), a former volunteer and employee of ENH, the book is a commemoration of its 150th year of service to five generations of immigrants as “a home with no borders.”

According to Gary Johnson, CEO of the Chicago History Museum, “This masterful work tells how enduring values have allowed a settlement house to be an open door and a community voice to a succession of immigrant groups for 150 years — and counting. …


The Lost Daughter

For the inspiration — and in memory of — Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Where are you, my Daughter?

Where is your heart, where is your mind — where is the strength of your soul striving for millennia to be released?

You gave yourself up long ago to the Powers that Be —

Thinking them stronger than you, wiser than you, more worthy of devotion or love or even power — Enough to forget who you are.

Those who crave power are weak. Those who pretend strength are afraid. Yet you have allowed them to take what is rightfully yours —

Yourself.

I have lost millennia of daughters to others’ silent siege — and look at the world that has been wrought. …


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“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it.” — Edith Wharton

“To know even one life has breathed easier because
you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

These are two quotes I have identified with since I can remember: Emerson representing the reason with which I have tried to live my life, and Wharton representing the actions that I have tried to take to fulfill that sense of responsibility as a human being in this often difficult and challenging world.

We are living at a critical time. The world is what we choose to make it, and for a long time we have, as a species, seemed to embody a kind of self-interest that is unsustainable, both for ourselves and for the world in which we live. …


An interview with Pandora Author/Artist/Filmmaker, Pamela Theodotou on the Cinemagraphic Novel inspired by Mary Shelley and Frankenstein

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On October 31st, 2019, a new visual novel appeared in the market for a limited initial print release; Pandora is a “Cinemagraphic Novel” — a term artist/author Pamela Theodotou coined to describe the new art form challenging the vanguard among traditional comics and graphic novels, utilizing cinematography and culminating in this first publishing project by Theodotou’s film and television company, NYXFilm Ltd..


Note: Spoilers ahead.

This is another sad depiction of South America as rendered by Hollywood; it took until the last two episodes of Season 2 of Jack Ryan (available on Amazon Prime), unfortunately, for the story to become the least bit realistic. Jack and the remaining members of an American armed team reach a covert Venezuelan government prison camp in the jungle, seeing a mass grave and the remaining political prisoners near death, collapsing even as they were being freed. Meanwhile, the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Reyes, played by Spanish actor Jordi Molla (whom some Westerners might remember as King Philip of Spain in Elizabeth: The Golden Age), in seeing that footage of the camp has been transmitted to media internationally, forces the closure of the polls for the presidential election, soldiers tasked with the duty claiming that his lead against his opponent, Gloria Bonalde (played by Colombiana, Cristina Umaña) is so “unsurmountable” that no more votes need to be considered. …


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Image by blackrabbitkdj courtesy of Pixabay

Halloween is one of the best times of year — by default — to watch horror movies. Some would suggest that there is something about confronting what Jung would have called the shadow within us — that unseen aspect or aspects hiding in the shadows of our psyches, influencing us via our unconscious. …


The Travel Channel’s Witches of Salem

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Promo for the docu-series on The Travel Channel

Suggesting that there is a “witch hunt” is a common enough — if not obnoxiously over-utilized — expression in the modern age. It has been claimed in cases from everyday castigation for which someone takes umbrage, to the absurd on a grand scale during which someone is accused of crimes, malfeasance, corruption — or some other charge to which the subject inherently objects (often a bit too much, such as in the case of certain among today’s dangerous and hyperbolic political figures). …


From one of our favorite blogs: Brain Pickings by Maria Popova

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Screenshot of the BrainPickings blog post

I have long been a fan of Brain Pickings, written by Maria Popova. For those who love literature, philosophy, art — anything that shows the genuine incandescence of some of the more profound humans among us — this site has been both a balm and a profound inspiration.

Given that Popova mostly writes about what she has found at her public library, those of us who are also library-lovers feel a sort of warm kinship with her choices: the product of browsing, of entertaining inherent curiosity, and of following authors, thinkers, and fascinating human beings who represent the profundity and magic of human thought, emotion, and endeavor. The common thread: each of Popova’s posts seems to act as a beacon toward a greater understanding of ourselves as human beings, as though taking Socrates to heart: we must examine ourselves, understand ourselves, and not just hoard such understanding or knowledge, but we must also use it wisely in the process of living a full life, one which ultimately serves more than just the self. …

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Kris Wetherholt

Writer, Publisher/Executive Editor of MIPJ and Humanitas. Interdisciplinary SME on Modern war (WWI-Present) & Theories of Liberation. Proponent of wry humanism.

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