Monthly Archives: May 2021

Book Review: Sounds Like Teen Spirit

Sounds Like Teen Spirit: Stolen Melodies, Ripped-Off Riffs, And The Secret History Of Rock And Roll, by Timothy English One of the secrets of the history of rock & roll is now unoriginal much of it is. It is common … Continue reading

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Pentecost And The Longing Of God

[Note: The following is the attached prepared text for a Bible Study given to the Portland, Oregon United Church of God congregation on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.] At the end of my last Bible study I discussed how it was … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Lincoln: A Life Of Purpose And Power

Lincoln: A Life Of Purpose And Power, by Richard Carwardine, read by Stefan Rudnicki Abraham Lincoln is an interesting historical figure, especially because of the combination between the high moral tone of his approach as a leader and the shrewdness … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Rise To Greatness

Rise To Greatness: Abraham Lincoln And America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle The author of this book makes the case that 1862 was the most perilous year in America’s history, and in doing so presents a compelling case … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Tried By Fire

Tried By Fire: Abraham Lincoln As Commander In Chief, by James McPherson Given that there are at least a good 14,000 books that have been written about Abraham Lincoln, it is nonetheless remarkable that his role as commander and chief … Continue reading

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What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

I do not consider myself a master communicator. To be sure, communication is a subject I am deeply interested in, but it is of great personal interest because it has seldom gone well in my personal life. What I tend … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dynamic Decision Making In Chess

Dynamic Decision Making In Chess, by Boris Gelfand One of the notable aspects of being a high-ranking chess player is always being able to revise one’s chess history. I once received some criticism for publishing my college essays, it being … Continue reading

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Book Review: Mental Toughness In Chess

Mental Toughness In Chess: Practical Tips To Strengthen Your Mindset At Your Board, by Werner Schweitzer This book is an interesting one in that it is written by someone whose skills at chess are somewhat modest. Nevertheless, this book is … Continue reading

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Bebe Rexha: A Case Study In Star Power

One of the unfortunate aspects of art and celebrity culture is that there is a big disconnect between who we are and who we appear to be as stars. The difference between person and persona has always been present, and … Continue reading

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When I’m Back On My Feet Again

Recently I decided to play my Greatest Hits album by Michael Bolton, and in light of the way I have been hobbling about the last week or so, I found that one of the more interesting and relevant songs for … Continue reading

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