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Kindergarten: Germany’s Gift to the World

kindergarten: children in a garden with a teacher

The idea of children as plants to be nurtured and teachers as gardeners turns out to be an old idea, but one that spread quickly and firmly around the world.

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Drain the Swamp: The Strange Case of US High Commissioner Mark Bristol

US High Commissioner Mark L. Bristol

This officious guy was a high ranking representative of the United States of America. Does he remind you of any other officious official today?

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Mr. Kardashian’s Bowling Green Massacre

Vahan Cardashian's Bowling Green Massacre

A fact used to be something known to exist or to have happened, right? Not so fast. In the 1920s there were also true facts, actual facts, alternative facts, and real whoppers.

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The Gospel of Gentility

The Gospel of Gentility - 4 women missionaries of Talas, Turky

Do you think of missionaries of old as “somber-garbed, psalm-singing, nasal-voiced, narrow-minded proselytizers?” If so, you’d be as wrong as I was.

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Murders in Canadian Mosque 2017 and Ottoman Church 1915

Terrorism on mosque in Quebec, Canada

Are the anti-Christian sentiments and violence in 1915 being repeated in reverse in 2017? Do you think it’s impossible for genocide to happen in North America?

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Real or Fake News Against Greek Merchants?

Real or Fake News Against Greek Merchants?

In 1913-14 a series of pamphlets circulated in Constantinople detailing the treasonous actions of mainly Greek merchants. Could this be an example of fake news, Ottoman-style?

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Whirling Dervish Sheikh Saved Christians in Konia

Whirling Dervishes by Augustus Hoppin, 1874

The Whirling Dervishes were Sufi Muslims specific to the Konia region. In 1909 the well-respected sheikh of the order saved Armenians and Greeks from massacre.

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Christmas in Aintab with Running Commentary

Christmas at Aintab with photo of Cornelius H. Patton

While he’s no Dylan Thomas, a visiting ABCFM secretary gives us a glimpse into a 1910 Christmas at a mission station. And I add my two cents, too.

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Glossary of Missionary and Humanitarian Terms

Glossary of Missionary and Humanitarian Terms

Acronyms save time—but only if you know what they mean. ABCFM? ACASR? ACRNE? And what exactly is “Oriental”? This glossary will help you keep it straight.

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Glossary on Genocidal Period of Ottoman Empire

Where in the World? plus map of Near East for glossory

Is the term Syrian or Assyrian? Why did the Armenian genocide did not occur in Armenia, nor the Greek genocide in Greece? Confused? Check out this brief glossary.

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Boycott: 1914 Anti-Christian Ottoman vs. 2016 Anti-Muslim American

Charles Boycott superimposed on a photo of an eviction in Ireland circa 1880

What are the consequences of a boycott against products based on religion? Is it a positive protest or can it lead to something more sinister?

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Welcome to my “Grit and Grace” Blog

13 Near East Relief Workers at Talas, Turkey, circa 1920.

Why should we care about the destruction of an evil empire and the great humanitarian efforts of a hundred years ago? Read my blog regularly to find out.

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