Worcester blogger coffee and other items

posted by Mike on September 8th, 2010

There hasn’t been a meetup of Worcester bloggers in some time, so this Saturday, Sept 11, at 9am there will be a Worcester “blogger coffee” at the Friendly’s in Tatnuck Square (642 Chandler Street). This is a chance to meet some of the other folks making our local internet an interesting place. If you are a non-blogger looking to chat with bloggers (I know at least one political campaign manager in this category), you’re certainly welcome, but be warned that 6 or 7 bloggers is a great turnout for these things–this isn’t a big networking event.

JFK, Obama, and the Unspeakable: A Parable of Turning

Catholic Worker and author James Douglass will be in Worcester this October 5 to talk about the Kennedy assassination. He is the author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. The event is Tuesday, October 5, 7pm at the Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library.

James Douglass traces the “turning” of President John F. Kennedy from the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis right up to the week of his death. He is transformed from a conventional Cold Warrior to someone determined to pull the world back from the edge of apocalypse.

Douglass views Kennedy’s change from a contemplative perspective, particularly attuned to the grave moral and spiritual matters at stake. President Kennedy saw his mission in similar terms. Those who plotted his death were determined to kill the vision. Only by unmasking these forces of the “Unspeakable,” Douglass argues, can we free ourselves and our country to pursue that vision of peace.

Jim Douglass has written four books on the theology of nonviolence, served as a theological advisor, on questions of nuclear war and conscientious objection, to Catholic bishops at the Second Vatican Council, taught theology at Bellarmine College, the University of Hawaii, and in the Program for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence at the University of Notre Dame. He and his activist wife Shelley are founding members of the Birmingham, Alabama Catholic Worker house of hospitality for homeless families.

Support contemporary Yiddish poetry

For years, Zack Berger has been out there for you translating Dr. Seuss and Curious George into Yiddish. Now he’s asking for help funding his next project, Not in the Same Breath: A Yiddish & English Book of Poetry. I hope you’ll join me in supporting this.

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