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The Year of the Book

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It has been quite a year for Agile Arts and the Ratliff family. We feel very blessed to have the opportunity to tell some previously untold stories, and learn a few new ones as well. Pilgrims on the Silk Road…

Charting Ideas Through Time

Google just released a new tool called Ngram that compiles keywords from their vast library of scanned books. It charts these keywords from the 16th century to 2008. This makes Ngram a wonderful tool for seeing the rise and fall…

Forgiveness – The Heart Of The Matter

Heinrich Abrams was murdered the night Turkoman bandits had come to steal his wife. For months the bandits had stolen livestock and broken into the homes of Mennonites living along the Amu Darya river. Each time, the Mennonites refused to retaliate…

The Apocalypse and Its Discontents

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I have a apocalyptic prediction: Throughout the year 2011 we will see a deluge of movies, television shows, books and films about the The End and the year 2012. Is it truly a prediction if this has already started? If…

The Continuing Voyages…

Pilgrims reader Celeste Kennel-Shank reminded me of a couple of articles by others who have retraced the Mennonite trek to Khiva. The first article is from Jim Juhnke. Jim has has acted as a mentor on the documentary and book…