Catherine Onyemelukwe

Author, Blogger, Speaker

April 20, 2016
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Living in Community: Lessons from Africa

Living in Community: Lessons from Africa On Wednesday afternoon I spoke to the Women’s Alliance at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City. I called my talk Living in Community: Lessons from Africa. My friend Marilyn, who was a … Continue reading



November 16, 2015
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Three Book Clubs, Two Ministers, One Astronomer

The Riverside Book Club Have you read Things Fall Apart? The novel is Chinua Achebe’s masterful work about life in an Igbo village when the missionaries first arrive. I read it during Peace Corps training in 1962. On Saturday I attended the Riverside … Continue reading



October 23, 2015
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How Do You Live With a Fatwah?

You Don’t Look Scary Salman Rushdie greeted the audience on Thursday night at Westport Library’s 13th Annual Malloy Lecture in the Arts by saying, “I’m sorry you’ve had a bit of a fuss about my arriving.” He continued, “You don’t … Continue reading



September 25, 2015
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Pope Francis, Tragedy, and Friends

Highlands Classmates Join Me at Joseph-Beth Booksellers My visit to Cincinnati was wonderful. I enjoyed six days with my sister Beth and our friend Stephanie in Steph’s lovely home in Fort Thomas KY. I saw several friends. Even more came to the … Continue reading



July 31, 2015
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Barack in Africa, Catherine in Maine

Obama at the African Union Professor Vinnie Ferraro in his blog on Tuesday included the link to the video of U.S. President Obama, the first American President to address the meeting of the African Union. “The meeting was in Ethiopia and Obama … Continue reading



June 29, 2015
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Now is the Time for Action

Another June/July Birthday  Our son Chinaku turns 50 today. That’s such a milestone for us and for him! We sent a package about 10 days ago; he didn’t mention receiving it when we talked today, and we forgot to ask. Sam … Continue reading



June 17, 2015
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June 17th Post

Anita Hill and Reimagining Equality Tonight was my book group meeting to discuss Anita Hill’s Reimagining Equality. I loved the definitions of home that Hill puts at the beginning of each chapter. Two or three others did too. But a … Continue reading



May 8, 2015
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Mother’s Day

Women and Children Rescued There have been several stories recently of women and children rescued from Boko Haram. One reporter from the BBC, Will Ross, was able to interview some of the rescued people. He relates their frightful stories. A report on … Continue reading



April 26, 2015
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Three Cheers For Mount Holyoke

One – Book Group I’m part of two book groups. One is the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mount Holyoke Alumnae Book Group. We’re to discuss All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr next week. I’d read the book, or rather listened … Continue reading