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Jennifer L. Holberg

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The Price of Tomatoes

I may have moved to a condo in recent years, but I still have a wonderful little hanging pot of tomatoes on my back deck. I might have ventured into a few more things (I sometimes get a little carried…
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The Slightest Hint of Green

I had the delight this past semester to teach a “gen ed” global literature class that I nicknamed “Epic Journeys.” That means we read lots of long stuff from the ancient and medieval world characterized by people on the move:…
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The worthiness of the work

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, so I’ve been thinking not only of the many extraordinary teachers I’ve had in my own life but about the very work of teaching itself. I’ve been a classroom teacher now for almost thirty years—and despite…
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Two Poems for Eastertide

How do we live in a world, as my minister reminds us every week, "where a Resurrection has happened." In this now season of Easter, two poets to help. Both deserve slow, deliberate reads--without much nattering from me. A hint…
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“Complicated Narratives”

In talking with many of my church-raised students, I’ve often heard them complain about how they heard the same handful of Bible stories again and again in their childhoods. Mostly, the “nice” stories—or if not exactly “nice” in reality, presented…
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Have a Listen

It doesn't seem right that Black History month is already ending. 28 days is not near long enough--so I'm going to suggest a practical way to extend it through the whole year: music. Three "must-listens": The War and Treaty: Listening…
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Seeing Again

We're just on the other side of the centennial commemorations of the "Great War" that have been taking place over the last several years--culminating in last fall's Armistice Day remembrances, such as the particularly moving tribute at the Tower of…