Chilton’s Children

Chilton’s Children–A webpage devoted to the descendants of James Chilton, passenger on the Mayflower, through his daughters Mary (also on the Mayflower) and Isabella. And here’s a painting depicting the family legend that Mary (my 9th-great-grandmother) was the first female ashore.

The College of Cardinals

Cardinal Taricisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, writes to John Allen to respond to his analysis of the college of cardinals. Allen had observed, “Two-thirds of the cardinals come from the global North, while two-thirds of the Catholic people live in the South.” Bertone responds with a “so what?” “The pope is free in…

Secularizing Thanksiving

Erin Manning reflects on attempts to write “thanks giving [to God]” out of the narrative of the first Thanksgiving. It is clear that the colonists did indeed celebrate a harvest festival, but it is equally clear that the purpose of this festival was to thank the good God for having provided them with so abundant…