Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Shock Of The Lightning

As soon as the request was made by my boss to chat in a private office, I could feel the rush of adrenaline inside me, and I wondered what sort of awkward and unpleasant conversation was next.  As it happened, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Houses Of Civil War America

Houses Of Civil War America:  The Homes of Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Clara Barton, and Others Who Shaped The Era, by Hugh Howard, original photography by Roger Straus III As someone who reads a lot about the … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: A Disease In The Public Mind

A Disease In The Public Mind:  A New Understanding Of Why We Fought The Civil War, by Thomas Fleming, read by William Hughes When I read the reviews that other people had written for this book, I really wanted to … Continue reading

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Go Ahead, Make My Day

A day can be very different for people based on their perspective.  Being someone who enjoys observing what others are up to, and someone who tries to think of my own day, I am often intrigued by how the perspective … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Secret Teachings Of All Ages

The Secret Teachings Of All Ages, by Manly P. Hall If a reader is dedicated to reach the end of more than 600 pages of encyclopedic writing, in more than one sense of the word, about esoteric matters, the last … Continue reading

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Book Review: Paganism Surviving In Christianity

Paganism Surviving In Christianity, by Abram Herbert Lewis As someone who reads often about the relationship between Christianity and heathen mystery religions [1], when I saw this book available online to read it was pretty obvious that I would read … Continue reading

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Overstaying Your Welcome

For me, the funniest and most telling aspect of this weekend was being told rather unceremoniously but unsurprisingly that there was another group renting the group campground at Beacon Rock in about ten minutes and that it was time to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Atlas Of Remote Islands

Atlas Of Remote Islands:  Fifty Islands I Have Never Set Foot On And Never Will, by Judith Schalansky, translated from the German by Christine Lo The subtitle of this book is a bit pessimistic–to be sure, most of us have … Continue reading

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Book Review: Quidditch Through The Ages

Quidditch Through The Ages, by Kennilworthy Whisp (J.K. Rowling) Anyone reading this book should be a fan of Harry Potter [1].  It may be unnecessary to say that for most readers, as Quidditch is an imaginary sport from that particular … Continue reading

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To A Perfect Man

[Note:  This is the prepared text for a sermonette given at the Portland annual campout on August 27, 2016.] Toward the end of the book of 1 Peter there is a passage urging believers to submit to God and resist … Continue reading

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