Seeing “It’s a Wonderful Life” Metaphorically

Creative Commons License: Pixy.org Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) © 2020 Robert OsburnThe 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a favorite at Christmas: its inspirational content, beloved main actor Jimmy Stewart, and a...
Getting Justice Just Right

Getting Justice Just Right

© 2020 Robert Osburn My Freshman year (1969-70) in Ann Arbor was a daily trial.  Lost in homesickness, I was paired with a roommate who might as well have come from the far side of the universe. I, a farm boy of bookish predilections, had precious...

My Chinese-Ancestry Friend: Patriotic American

Good Free Photos © 2020 Robert OsburnWhile conducting research for my second book, I was reminded of a pattern discovered by historian Stacey Bieler about Chinese students studying in America between 1850 and 1930: Chinese followers of Christ generally...

Faulty Diagnosis, Failed Remedies

©2020 Robert Osburn I tell our international mentees about the student who goes to the doctor, coughing, feverish, blowing his nose, generally miserable.  After examining him, the doctor announces, “You have a broken arm.  I will put a cast on...