Archive for June, 2009

First mention: first use of “Ms” in print

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

There is a void in the English language which, with some diffidence, we undertake to fill. Every one has been put in an embarrassing position by ignorance of the status of some woman. To call a maiden Mrs is only a shade worse than to insult a matron with the ...

Third person singular human

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

It has often been noted that English is deficient because it lacks a third-person pronoun that can refer to any person, without respect to sexual gender. Although some claim that "he" can refer to anyone in sentences like (1), most linguists agree that maleness is much more salient in these ...

Were children again: Report from Camp Fasola, 2009, Session 1 (Adults Emphasis)

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

At nearly the last minute, Tom Malone suggested that we drive down to Camp Fasola on the Sunday before Camp began in the evening, and return on Thursday, the last day of Camp. I had to work on Friday (“Work—the curse of the singing class,” quipped Richard Schmeidler at dinner ...

Renewing Mennonite communal worship

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

A response to R Dean Hudgens's Tongues and Tribes: Musical Change in a Mennonite Congregation. I am very, very grateful for the time I spent at Reba Place Church (1990-1996, 1998 or so), and loved the music there. I was very grateful for the intentional way that the call to anti-racism ...