Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Pre-Mortem Thought Experiment On The Second American Civil War: Part One

As a mental exercise, I occasionally ponder what is the worst that could happen in a given situation.  Although I am naturally more than a little gloomy and melancholy by temperament, the main purpose of this exercise is not to … Continue reading

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A Somali On The Margins

As I have a reasonable sized group of friends and acquaintances who are affiliated with (the) Ohio State University, and as I have for some reason a particular interest in the problems and repercussions of the collapse of Somalia it … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Humor Of Jesus

The Humor Of Jesus:  Sources Of Laughter In The Bible, by Earl F. Palmer As one of the eight books I purchased during Black Friday shopping this year in Estacada, I figured this book would be the source of humorous … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements:  A Toltec Wisdom Book, by Don Miguel Ruiz Some years ago, when I was working in my first of many positions at the company I currently work for, one of my coworkers was passing around this particular … Continue reading

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You Can’t Hear It But I Do

One of the funniest memoirs of a music career is So You Wanna Be A Rock ‘N Roll Star by Jacob Slichter, drummer for Semisonic [1].  According to that memoir, the fate of bands and musicians at MCA Records for … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Paideia Program

The Paideia Program:  An Educational Syllabus:  Essays By The Paideia Group, edited by Mortimer J. Adler Reading this book in many ways is like looking at a road not taken by our public educational system.  Faced with declining academic performance … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Paideia Proposal

The Paideia Proposal:  An Educational Manifesto, by Mortimer J. Adler, On Behalf Of The Members Of The Paideia Group Some years ago I took a standardized test where I was asked to write at some length about the question of … Continue reading

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The Play Was A Great Success, But The Audience Was A Disaster

Oscar Wilde, a man familiar with wit, drama, and disaster, is reputed to have once made the following quote:  “The play was a great success, but the audience was a disaster.”  Considering the near uniform success of his comedies like … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Life And Death Of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Life And Deaeth Of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, by Mary Bosanquet When I found this particular well-regarded biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the library of my roommate, I found it necessary to put on my reading list, although it proved a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Discipleship

Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer In reading this book, an expanded version of the popular The Cost Of Discipleship given a more precise translation in line with Bonhoeffer’s original in German, one understands why this book is such a powerful book … Continue reading

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