Essays

HESP May 1, 2018

Louis, Bertin M. My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas. New York: New York University Press, 2014. Hardcover. [There are also Kindle and paperback editions available.] 200 pp.   I despise the word “voodoo.” It has pejorative connotations and unfairly stereotypes the often-Catholic people who practice a peaceful religion […]

HESP May 1, 2018

During my first year in New York, I lived with an old Art Collector. She died this winter. They found her laying on her marble floor corridor, wearing her red fur coat, Jeffery, her Portuguese water dog, barking at her side. The leash was hanging loosely around his neck. Her name was Amanda, but I […]

HESP April 1, 2018

Edited by Stephanie Mojica A week ago, I packed a small suitcase and moved into Tanya’s condo in Belmont. We want to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. We spend our nights watching movies and drinking wine, and the days lounging in the park next to the big pond by her house. Tanya tells […]

HESP February 2, 2018

We see news every day about how climate change is affecting people and places in other parts of the world. Some effects are directly measurable, such as in Venice, Italy, where the city is succumbing to sea level rise and apparently sinking into the ocean[1]. Other effects are associated with or correlated with climate change […]

HESP November 1, 2017

“Insights into the contemporary tensions in Syria can be found by examining the legacies of some of the policies implemented by the French under mandate rule.” (6 Country Profile)   When reading the Syrian profile from Harvard’s Religious Literacy Project it becomes obvious that many types of violence have been perpetuated against the people of […]

HESP November 1, 2017

I am a lead pencil, The ordinary wooden pencil. Writing is both my vocation and my avocation; That’s all I do. You may wonder why I should write a genealogy. Well, my story is interesting to begin with. And, next, I am a mystery, More so than a tree Or a sunset or even a […]

HESP November 1, 2017

War vs. Peace Journalism By M.A. Blackmur Jake Lynch and Johan Galtung, in their book Reporting Conflict: New Directions in Peace Journalism, present quite a bit of thought provoking information about how conflict is currently reported on and the possibilities of how this style of reporting could be improved to include peace journalism. I feel […]