Category Archives: Musings

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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On The Restraint Of Wit

Sometimes, very frequently in fact, I enjoy exercising a razor sharp wit about what is going on.  While wit is hard to recognize in online communications or writing, it tends to sparkle in personal conversations where a twinkle in the … Continue reading

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A Love Song For No One

One of the more humorous aspects of life is the way that one’s reading can occasionally bring to light aspects of one’s life by putting it in a larger context.  For me, I find those books in strange circumstances.  For … Continue reading

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On Editors

I have a confession to make:  I really dislike dealing with editors.  I am not sure if writers in general have a toxic relationship with editors but I tend to find my relations with editors to be greatly irritating and … Continue reading

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On Ledesma’s Law And The Paradoxical Insights Of Political Rhetoric

Late in his book Spain:  A Unique History, Stanley Payne notes the insights in 1935 of a Spanish thinker who had been a radical political intellectual and also a postal functionary concerning the period just before the outbreak of the … Continue reading

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Hostis Humani Generis

Why are pirates enemies of humanity?  Before the foundation of views of international law, pirates and slavers were viewed as the common enemies of humanity and were thus subject to being dealt with by anyone who encountered them, even those … Continue reading

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In Praise Of Worldbuilding

Recently news was released that Christopher Tolkien had died at nearly 100 years of age, and a great deal of honor was deservedly heaped upon someone whose life’s work had been to provide honor to his father’s world of Middle … Continue reading

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Mysteries Of The Bible: The Connection Between The Nephilim And The Giants

Last night while I was at dinner with one of our congregation’s retired pastors [1], I received a request to write about one of the more intriguing mysteries relating to origin in the Bible, that of the pre-flood Nephilim and … Continue reading

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In Need Of Self-Defense

Last night I had dinner with one of our congregation’s many retired pastors (who happened to give the sermon yesterday at services) as well as a relatively new family whose daughter is in my Sabbath School class and one of … Continue reading

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Days Of The Week

I remember when I was fourteen years old going to a lock-in in Dothan, Alabama with my mother and stepfather.  While playing a lot of sports and dancing, I also remember the sermon that was given during Sabbath services, although … Continue reading

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