Category Archives: Musings

On Ways The Past Is Another Country

Recently I have read some books about animals I happen to appreciate. It was striking to read, for example, that Pandas were still largely unknown in the west and in much of China as late as the 1930’s when various … Continue reading

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On The Ports Of The Red Sea

Sometimes I have an interest in odd things, and one of those things is ports. Ports are cities that are on bodies of water that provide access to the inexpensive transportation of people and goods through ships. The Red Sea … Continue reading

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When A Continent Rides The Struggle Bus

While I was looking for books on another subject, I noticed that four different accounts of the proceedings of the House Committee on International Relations over the past two decades featured the word struggle in them. All four were connected … Continue reading

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Measure For Measure

Matthew 7:1 is among the most misquoted scriptures in the entire Bible, and that is saying something. The passage in which this verse appears, which takes in the first five verses of the third and final chapter of the Sermon … Continue reading

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The Quest For Legitimacy

One of the things I enjoy doing is watching people play games, or watching people talk about games and game playing, which is what one does when one takes games more seriously than perhaps they were meant to do. One … Continue reading

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In Defense Of Bad Novels: Part Four

We have previously discussed bad novels as being worthy of defense, and a couple of grounds for defending bad novels in terms of the questions that they raise and the preoccupations that they show. I would like to close this … Continue reading

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In Defense Of Bad Novels: Part Three

Previously, we have discussed the need to defend bad novels in general as well as the worth that bad novels have in providing worthwhile questions that deserve answers. It is important at this point to consider that there are still … Continue reading

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In Defense Of Bad Novels: Part Two

In order to better understand the purposes and worth of literature that one might have several grounds to disparage and criticize, it is worthwhile to point out some of the ways that people seek to compare different types of literature. … Continue reading

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In Defense Of Bad Novels: Part One

Yesterday, as I write this, I had a conversation with someone at church about some of the books I have been reading recently and I commented that I was disappointed with some novels that I had read by an author … Continue reading

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I Got What I Asked For And More

It started with a commercial for fake eggs. Now, I happen to be someone who is fond of eating real eggs and real meat, and despite my lactose intolerance I have never been able to enjoy almond milk or soy … Continue reading

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