Monthly Archives: March 2016

Famous Last Words: Joshua

As is the case with some of the other godly leaders whom we have discussed so far in this series [1], Joshua’s last words recorded in scripture span over two chapters. The first part of his last words, found in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Practical Italian Recipes For American Kitchens

Practical Italian Recipes For American Kitchens, by James B. Herndon This book is one of the volumes I occasionally read [1] as out-of-print but intriguing historical books that have a worthwhile pedigree. This particular volume was originally published in 1918, … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Make A Violin

How To Make A Violin, by John Broadhouse, with Violin notes by Ole Bull Being a person whose skills in mechanical crafts is so modest as to be practically nonexistent, I think it unlikely that I will ever achieve to … Continue reading

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There’s Oceans In Between Us But That’s Not Very Far

Recently, I became aware of the continuing problems within the band Puddle of Mudd, a band that was very popular in the early 2000’s with hit songs like “Blurry,” “She Hates Me,” “Psycho,” and “Drift And Die” that were successful … Continue reading

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Book Review: Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College

Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College, by Marvin Henberg, edited by Barbara Kitt Seidman [Note: This book was provided free of charge by Carpe Diem Press in exchange for an honest review.] Reading this book, a sesquicentennial history … Continue reading

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Book Review: Speak, Memory

Speak, Memory, by Vladimir Nabokov Although for fairly obvious reasons, I have not read a great deal of Nabokov’s work, namely that his most famous novel is one that deeply disturbs me on several levels, this memoir was a surprising … Continue reading

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Hobble On

In speaking about his lack of interest in harsh condemnation about sins he was not tempted to in his spiritual autobiography Surprised By Joy, C.S. Lewis makes the following quote that would be well-remembered by those who are prone to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Narnian

The Narnian: The Life And Imagination Of C.S. Lewis, by Alan Jacobs As someone who tends to read a lot of books by and about C.S. Lewis [1], it is always intriguing to see what new angle a particular book … Continue reading

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Book Review: C.S. Lewis: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet: A Life

C.S. Lewis: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet: A Life, by Allister McGrath This book is one of several notable biographies of C.S. Lewis, and is written by someone outside of the circle of friends and associates that made up the first … Continue reading

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Easter At The Oregon Jewish Center

In Portland, Oregon, deep in the hipster district, there is a small museum for Jewish history that I had not heard of until recently. Although it is only open for a few hours on the first day of the week, … Continue reading

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