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Stärkebuch

Stärkebuch

Three people named Paździora are listed as prisoners in Auschwitz. Antoni Paździora (prisoner number: 1247), Franciszek Paździora (prisoner number: E-6820), and Leopold Paździora (prisoner number: 39232). Antoni is listed in the Memorial Book as murdered in Auschwitz on 22 March, 1942. Leopold was liberated and died in 1974. There’s no record of what happened to […]

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations by Eric Pazdziora Hymns and Lamentations, a new album featuring my compositions, piano, and vocals, is now available for listening and purchasing at mp3.ericpazdziora.com. You can listen to the album for free online, or name your own price to download digital tracks. Album notes: There are days of loss and sadness, fear and depression, […]

Three Short Poems and an Oddity

Three Short Poems and an Oddity

Poems by Eric Pazdziora. Oddity found on poemhunter.com.   I. Lines Found Scrawled on the Wall of an Abandoned Abecedarium Abe, he see the effigy, Age-eyed, shaky elemental peak— You are rusty, you veer, Double your ex-wife’s sea. II. Trial Triol I shot a man in Reno; I shot the sheriff. I fought the law […]

Reader Comments: Are Christmas Trees Pagan Idols?

Reader Comments: Are Christmas Trees Pagan Idols?

A few years back I published what has turned out to be one of my more popular articles: The True Meaning of Christmas Trees: The Spiritual Abuse Connection. It’s a series of reflections inspired by seeing some well-intended but irate Christians quoting Old Testament scriptures, most commonly Jeremiah 10, to argue that Christmas trees are […]

The Land Without Stories

The Land Without Stories

I’m delighted to announce that my short story “The Land Without Stories” has been published in a brand-new anthology entitled New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories.  Edited by my brother John, who has a freshly-minted PhD in literature from St Andrews, and his colleague Defne Çizakça, the book is a collection of literary criticism and literary specimens […]

Leaning, Leaning....

Leaning, Leaning….

Here’s Ken Medema, a blind pianist / composer / singer / storyteller with a truly amazing talent, performing a routine about an unforgettable experience as a church musician. Let’s just say, he also does a pretty mean trombone impression….  

Oswald Chambers: Job and the Meaning of Suffering

Oswald Chambers: Job and the Meaning of Suffering

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a pastor, author, and WWI military chaplain, best known today for his classic devotional book My Utmost For His Highest. His less familiar books include a study of the book of Job entitled Baffled to Fight Better. Chambers addresses the problem of why God allows tragedy by contrasting Job’s friends’ assured religious platitudes with Job’s […]

About Time

About Time

This clock in our electronic music studio at UNCG doesn’t work: it’s permanently stuck on one time. If you get why this is, you’re officially a music nerd.

On the Directionality of Thumbs: A Tribute to Roger Ebert

On the Directionality of Thumbs: A Tribute to Roger Ebert

One of my favorite writers died this week. For the first time in quite a while, next time I want to see whether I might be interested in a new movie, I won’t get to see what Roger Ebert thought about it. And that makes me even sadder than I thought it might. It might […]