Monthly Archives: January 2017

Movie Review: The Founder

My first thought upon leaving this movie, which I expressed to the gentleman watching the film at the same theater who like me had stayed until the credits were done, was, “How did the Weinstein Company screw this up.”  Before … Continue reading

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Book Review: In The Land Of Invented Languages

In The Land Of Invented Languages:  Adventures In Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius, by Arika Okrent This book is geared to a particular type of nerd, specifically a language nerd:  “Are you a secret lover of sentence diagramming?  A crossword … Continue reading

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Book Review: Step By Step In Esperanto

Step By Step In Esperanto, by Montagu C. Butler This book, published in 1965 by the Esperanto Publishing Company, means exactly what the title says.  It is a step-by-step guide to the Esperanto language.  The author means, iom post iom … Continue reading

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On The Awkwardness Of Apologies

Recently a friend of mine with whom I am very active in the musical aspects of our local congregation posted a sermon given by a minister within our denomination about the subject of apologies.  That night, independently, a separate member … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reclaiming Hope

Reclaiming Hope:  Lessons Learned In The Obama White House About The Future Of Faith In America, by Michael Wear [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Thomas Nelson Publishers.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] When I … Continue reading

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Book Review: People Of The Second Chance

People Of The Second Chance:  A Guide To Bringing Life-Saving Love To The World, by Mike Foster [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Blogging For Books/Waterbrook Press.] My feelings about this book and its author are deeply … Continue reading

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Written In The Sands

From 1971 to 1999, every calendar year without exception, Elton John had a top 40 hit on the American pop charts, a record of consistent success that will likely never be equaled.  The last of these hit singles was a … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: The Murder Of King Tut

The Murder Of King Tut:  The Plot To Kill The Child King–A Nonfiction Thriller, by James Patterson and Martin Dugard, read by Joe Barrett I must admit that I have not read many of the murder mysteries from the prolific … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Shakespeare: The World As Stage

Shakespeare:  The World As Stage, written and read by Bill Bryson Having enjoyed Bryson’s humorous account of a trip along the Appalachian Trail [1] and being a fairly intense bardophile of the Stratfordian type [2], like the author, this was … Continue reading

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Living In A Box

There is little that is new about container thinking.  Although I am not a particularly handsome person myself, I happen to know quite a few people whose approaches to their own physical attractiveness is highly ambivalent.  On the one hand, … Continue reading

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