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Monthly Archives: January 2010

Between Constantinople and Istanbul

This is the journal Nancy and I kept during a ten-day stay in Istanbul in 2003. Some of the photos taken in that period are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jimforest/sets/166648/ 24 April 2003, Holy Thursday Are we in Istanbul? Or Constantinople? Winston Churchill had no doubt it was the latter. As he wrote in a memo to the […]

Right Where I’m Standing

by Nancy Forest-Flier I grew up in New Jersey in a family that was deeply rooted in the Reformed Church, a small main-stream Protestant denomination with roots in the Dutch Reformed Church. In the 1950s,most of the members of our church were still children and grandchildren of Dutch immigrants. We went to church twice on […]

Thomas Merton: a poster boy?

Often works of biography reveal more about the author than about his subject. Mark Shaw’s recent book about Thomas Merton strikes me as a case in point. Here is the review I wrote for the Winter issue of The Merton Seasonal. Jim * * * Beneath the Mask of Holiness: Thomas Merton and the Forbidden […]