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Milestone

Sitemeter shows the number of visits to the Floating Life blogs (and ancestors) since 7 July 2001 as 198,016. Visitor #198,000 came from Sweden at 7:46:46 pm my time and read family stories.

 
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Australian poem: 2008 series #9 — A B Paterson "The Angel’s Kiss"

Here is a bit of Victoriana from the pen of the author of “The Man from Snowy River”, and anything less like is hard to imagine. To each age its taste, I guess.

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Posted by on March 21, 2008 in Australia, nostalgia, OzLit, poets and poetry

 

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Good Friday reading

That’s my great-great-grandfather (one of them) on the right, the son of a convict. Ethnically and religiously he would have been pretty much the same as his contemporaries in the American state of Tennessee, if I am to judge from one of my odder reading choices, Stephen Mansfield and George Grant, Faithful Volunteers: the history of religion in Tennessee (Nashville, Cumberland House, 1997). The authors are clearly believers and local patriots with something of a distaste for nationalism  — there is a chapter on that with a rather strange map of Europe to establish what a newfangled idea it really is. While the coverage is broad, certain varieties of religion are clearly favoured. Partly this is demographic, reflective of the religious complexion of Tennessee, and partly it is ideological. Certain religious views are obviously TRUE, and the rest — well… However, the writers are far from total rednecks, and much that they tell us is genuinely interesting. It is worth reading in order to gain a more nuanced view of how people of faith in this state see themselves, their beliefs, their culture, and their past.

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Posted by on March 21, 2008 in Christianity, faith and philosophy, reading, religion, USA, weirdness