Playing ‘Tag’ for 23 Years

I thought that the best story I would read today would be this one about a family that lived so remotely for four decades that they had zero outside human contact and didn’t know World War II had happened. Yes, Soviet persecution of religious liberty is the key ingredient.

But this story — about a

  1. Illiniguy

    Another example of the difference between the sexes. I cannot imagine a bunch of women doing this; it’s definitely a guy thing.

  2. Jimmie Bise Jr

    The very best part of that piece is right at the end. “Father Raftis”.

    Perfect.

  3. Susan in Seattle

    Delightful!

  4. Illiniguy

    The story of the family in Siberia is remarkable.

  5. raycon and lindacon

    Just finished listening to Steyn, Goldberg and Long. 

    And now this.  Mollie, our day is complete.

  6. Miffed White Male

    The story is awesome.  I came here to post about it and saw you beat me to it.  My favorite part is at the end when they point out the Priest is a “Sitting Duck” on Sunday.

  7. Pilli

    Does “Phone Tag” count?  I play that all the time.

  8. Mark Reilly

    Both delightful reads.  Fascinating anthropology – in both stories!

  9. danys

    I agree. The no tag backs provision makes it even better. Fr. R can’t tag back with a blessing after distributing Eucharist.

    Miffed White Male: The story is awesome.  I came here to post about it and saw you beat me to it.  My favorite part is at the end when they point out the Priest is a “Sitting Duck” on Sunday. · 27 minutes ago

  10. TheRoyalFamily

    This article made my subscription to WSJ (which I had to get for econ class) worth it. To show just how great it is, this was front-page news!

  11. Tsunami Blue

    What treat this a pair of fantastic stories is to read! Thanks!

  12. Lucy Pevensie
    Illiniguy: The story of the family in Siberia is remarkable.

    I am so torn on the subject of Smithsonian magazine. I’ve always enjoyed it when I’ve happened across it, to the point where I decided to subscribe.  Then the first two issues came, and they included articles like this completely naive one about the papyrus with the word’s “Jesus’s wife”

    and one about an electric truck that will “make a big difference in the battle against climate change” and I canceled my subscription.  And now you send me to another great Smithsonian magazine article.  Sigh.

  13. FeliciaB

    That was awesome!

  14. TheRoyalFamily
    Lucy Pevensie

    Illiniguy: The story of the family in Siberia is remarkable.

    I am so torn on the subject of Smithsonian magazine. I’ve always enjoyed it when I’ve happened across it, to the point where I decided to subscribe.  Then the first two issues came, and they included articles like this completely naive one about the papyrus with the word’s “Jesus’s wife”

    and one about an electric truck that will “make a big difference in the battle against climate change” and I canceled my subscription.  And now you send me to another great Smithsonian magazine article.  Sigh.

    I hate it when that happens. You get the same thing with many of the history/natural science – type mags – National Geographic, Nature, History Channel magazine, etc; there’s often at least one good article, but then the rest is filled with liberal “science” and/or revisionist history (and even sometimes gaming magazines!).

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