Category Archives: History

Things Observed During A Two Hour Tour Of Barbados

At about 8AM or so my family arrived in Barbados after a dramatic morning that included waiting at the hotel for a taxi to show up for nearly two hours and rushing to the airport when a taxi called by … Continue reading

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Book Review: All Life Is Problem Solving

All Life Is Problem Solving, by Karl Popper In reading a book like this one has to temper one’s expectations.  Typically when a great philosopher or writer dies, there are a lot of essays and generally unread speech transcripts and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Open Society And Its Enemies: 2: Hegel And Marx

The Open Society And Its Enemies:  2:  Hegel And Marx, by Karl Popper It is a great shame that my local library system does not have the first volume of this collection stocked but only the second, but as someone … Continue reading

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Book Review: Owning It All

Owning It All, by William Kittredge This book is certainly a strange one, although by no means a bad one.  The author comes from Eastern Oregon and expresses the fundamental ambivalence that the West has often had with government.  The … Continue reading

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The Island That Loves Michael Bolton

One of the more odd aspects of my time here in St. Vincent so far is the way that the island has shown itself to be fans of Michael Bolton.  How is this so?  Let me recount the ways.  A … Continue reading

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Book Review: O Sing Unto The Lord

O Sing Unto The Lord:  A History Of English Church Music, by Andrew Grant This book was a look at the sort of history that I must admit that I am not very familiar with, the history of the music … Continue reading

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Book Review: Language Of The Spirit

Language Of The Spirit, by Jan Swafford This book was immensely disappointing, but for reasons that are not entirely surprising.  The author is a contemporary composer who wants to increase the legitimacy of his fellows in the classical music repertoire, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace:  The Story Of America’s Most Beloved Song, by Steve Turner There are very few songs that are worthy of a book, much less the sort of lovingly crafted and meticulously researched book that this one is, but Amazing … Continue reading

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Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: Eddie Money

Eddie Money is an artist I have long had a lot of respect for.  Even if his music was not very flamboyant and even if he tended to be a pretty standard rocker in an age that was known for … Continue reading

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Heroes And Villians: A Columbus Day Tale

Yesterday, while I was walking through the Botanical Gardens in Kingstown, the capital of the small island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, someone gave thanks to Captain Bligh in rhyme for giving breadfruit to the island and thus … Continue reading

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