Monthly Archives: January 2020

Book Review: Flash

Flash:  The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith, And Second Chances, by Rachel Anne Ridge This book is in the genre of books where a clueless and comically inept person, in a fit of temporary insanity and generosity … Continue reading

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Book Review: Walking With Henry

Walking With Henry:  Big Lessons From A Little Donkey On Faith, Friendship, And Finding Your Path, by Rachel Anne Ridge This was, in retrospect, not the ideal book to read first by the author.  This book is, properly speaking, the … Continue reading

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Buzkashi

From time to time it is worth pondering the purposes of rules.  A few months ago I listened to an audiobook from an Afghan-American who sought to educate fellow Americans on the traumatic last couple of centuries of Afghan history, … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Puritan Way Of Death

The Puritan Way Of Death:  A Study In Religion, Culture, And Social Change, by David E. Stannard As someone who has written an essay on aspects of the Puritan way of death [1], and someone who tends to reflect often … Continue reading

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Book Review: Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction

Puritanism:  A Very Short Introduction, by Francis J. Bremer Although the quality of this series is wildly uneven [1], in general I am fond of reading these very short introductions of various subjects because the extreme brevity of the text … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pilgrims And Puritans: 1620-1676

Pilgrims & Puritans:  1620-1676 (The Drama Of American History #2), by Christopher Collier & James Lincoln Collier Despite the relatively small numbers of people who were involved in the Pilgrim (hundreds) and Puritan (tens of thousands) migrations to New England … Continue reading

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Where Does Beef Begin?

It is no great surprise, I suppose, that I am a fan of beef [1].  As someone who unironically likes the corporate cd where an anonymous rapper trolls the rivals of fast food restaurant Wendy’s, and someone who regularly watches … Continue reading

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Book Review: War In Peace

War In Peace:  Conventional And Guerrilla Warfare Since 1945, edited by Robert Thompson This book is admittedly a bit disappointing.  That does not mean it is an unworthy book to look at, because it very much is a part of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Njinga Of Angola

Njinga Of Angola:  Africa’s Warrior Queen, by Linda M. Heywood The fact that Njinga of Angola has become a heroine of freedom in Angola helps us to demonstrate the poisonous way in which the desire to oppose European imperialism leads … Continue reading

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Book Review: Angola: Promises And Lies

Angola:  Promises And Lies, by Karl Maier There are few subjects that encourage the cynicism of the Western reader more than reading about a messed up African country, and this book delivers plenty of food for cynicism.  How so?  Well, … Continue reading

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