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Book Review: Voices From The World Of Jane Austen

Voices From The World Of Jane Austen, by Malcolm Day This is an interesting book that will obviously appeal to those who are fond of Jane Austen. To be sure, there are other ways that a book like this could … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lover’s Vows

Lover’s Vows, by August von Kotzebue, translated by Elizabeth Archibald This play is, on its own, a rather obscure example of German romantic and melodramatic playwriting, but it is well known to English audiences mainly because of its inclusion in … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A Thousand Heroes

In 1989, a United Airlines flight that had been intended to fly from Denver to Chicago ended up having a total hydraulic failure and had to make an emergency landing in Sioux City, Iowa. As someone who has an interest … Continue reading

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On Talmudic And Midrashic Reasoning

I had the chance to read (review forthcoming) a lovely resource on classical Jewish sources, and it led me to ponder what it is about such writing that I do and do not appreciate so much. In previous reviews about … Continue reading

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

One of the funniest moments of Devo in popular culture, at least to me, occurred in the Todd In The Shadows song review of the Willow Smith song “Whip My Head” to the crisis of having Devo songs sung by … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hispanic Presence In North America

The Hispanic Presence In North America From 1492 To Today, by Carlos M. Fernandez-Shaw If I am part of an ethnic group that wanted to promote itself, it would be hard to appreciate a book like this more. That is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Puerto Rico And Other Outlying Areas

Puerto Rico And Other Outlying Aras, by Michael Burgan This book is an interesting one in that it mostly focuses on Puerto Rico, even though a strong case can be made that the outlying areas of the United States deserve … Continue reading

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Book Review: Guam 1941 & 1944

Guam 1941 & 1944: Loss And Reconquest, by Gordon L Rottman One would not normally think of Guam as one of the most obvious military strongpoints of the world, but it has indeed proven to be so in the 20th … Continue reading

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What Fills You These Days Of Unleavened Bread

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland UCG congregation on the First Day Of Unleavened Bread, March 28, 2021.] There are some things that are rather obvious but that are still worth talking about … Continue reading

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Today In History: On March 27, 1977, The Deadliest Plane Crash In History Occurred

It seems somewhat strange to report that the deadliest crash in aviation history occurred on the ground in the Canary Islands. One of the aspects of this crash, which killed more than 500 people, is that it was not the … Continue reading

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