Monthly Archives: August 2019

Je M’appelle Gummy Bear

Some years ago, when I still lived in Florida, I became fascinated with the French version of a meme song that was a hit in the United States called “Je M’appelle Gummy Bear.”  There were other versions of the song … Continue reading

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Book Review: Greek And Latin Authors: 800BC – 1000AD

Greek And Latin Authors:  800BC – 1000AD, by Michael Grant I can see why a book like this needs to be written.  People who are classicists need a place to look up the relevant ancient and early medieval writers whose … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Birth Of Politics

The Birth Of Politics:  Eight Green And Roman Political Ideas And Why They Matter, by Melissa Lane There are a lot of aspects of Greek and Roman history that are greatly of interest to contemporary political theorists and this author … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sailing From Byzantium

Sailing From Byzantium:  How A Lost Empire Shaped The World, by Colin Wells I don’t know where I became someone who reads a lot of books on Byzantium, but there are a lot of books on that medieval society [1], … Continue reading

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Letters From My Mailbox: Part Four

This morning when I opened my e-mail I saw the following message sent by one of our congregation’s retired pastors about one of our elderly members who had gone into surgery about a week or so before our congregation’s recent … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor:  The Life And Work Of Fred Rogers, by Maxwell King I have to admit that this book made me like Mister Rogers and his show a lot less.  That was probably not the intention of this particular … Continue reading

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Book Review: I’ll Be Gone In The Dark

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark:  One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer, by Michelle McNamara This book is an unsettling one, a book about a series of cold cases and the thus far unsuccessful efforts to solve … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Rise And Fall Of The Dinosaurs

The Rise And Fall Of The Dinosaurs:  A New History Of A Lost World, by Steve Brusatte On the one hand, it is easy to see why this book won so many awards, as the author is chatty and knowledgeable … Continue reading

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Just A Little Bit Caught In The Middle

About two decades ago or so I visited the country of Ghana, and while I was there I had the opportunity to talk with a taxi driver who was somewhat bitter about his experiences in the United States before being … Continue reading

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Book Review: American Prison

American Prison:  A Reporter’s Undercover Journey Into The Business Of Punishment, by Shane Bauer A lot of this book consists of the author’s attempts to troll a private prison firm by serving as an undercover $9/hr corrections officer at the … Continue reading

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