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October 11, 2004

Vol.191 / No.10
Of Many Things
George M. AndersonOctober 11, 2004

Central Park lies just a few blocks from America House, and no matter what the season, I sometimes walk there to join other office workers for lunch, on the grass in warm weather or on a bench. Preferring to be on the move, though, I continue on, sandwich in hand, to the center of the park’s 8

Letters
Our readersOctober 11, 2004

Stay Alert

The thoughtful article, Assume Nothing: A Postscript to the John Jay Report, by Beth Sullivan (9/13), clearly illustrates the need for parents to be aware of words or actions by an adult that might indicate that the person is, or could be, a child abuser. As part of the

Books
Ann M. BegleyOctober 11, 2004

The urge to reveal ourselves to others is often stifled by prudence One of the rewards of writing novels is that the inner hidden self of an author can be mined brought to the surface and exhibited as fiction As the Joseph Conrad scholar Norman Sherry demonstrates in his authorized biography of

William J. ByronOctober 11, 2004

Ever since President George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law in January 2002, I have been wondering about the ones who were left behind by the nation’s schools 20, 30 or 40 years ago. Many of them show up now in the lowest ranks of adult literacy. An estimated 40 million to

Books
Allan Figueroa DeckOctober 11, 2004

Charles Dahm a Dominican priest is more than qualified to write about parish-based Hispanic ministry Like many U S priests of the Vatican II generation his first passion was Latin America where he steeped himself in Spanish as a missionary in Bolivia On his return to the United States he comp

George M. AndersonOctober 11, 2004

Dozens of manumission papers, documents that testify to the freeing of a slave, lay strewn on the table in the archives at the Baltimore motherhouse of the Oblate Sisters of Providence. I was visiting their archivist, Reginald Gerdes, O.S.P., to learn more about this remarkable order of African-Amer

Books
Gerald T. CobbOctober 11, 2004

Nobel Prize-winner Jos Saramago must have been thinking of Franz Kafka rsquo s The Metamorphosis when he wrote this his latest novel In Kafka rsquo s tale Gregor Samsa awakens one morning to find he has been transmogrified into an insect something utterly other than what he once was In The Dou