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Read To Me

One of the rather obvious things that happens when you acquire a well-earned reputation as a reader is that you are asked to read to others. This happened to me rather recently when I was visiting some friends who had … Continue reading

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The Plain Truth About Snitching In The Bible

[Note: This is the prepared text for a message given to the United Church of God congregation in The Dalles, Oregon, on Sabbath, October 2, 2021.] It might come as no surprise to you that you cannot find the word … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal For The Encouragement Of Genealogical Research In The Church of God

Even if it does not always make itself obvious here, at least not yet, I have a great deal of interest in genealogical research in my own family and have found quite a few interesting connections between myself and others. … Continue reading

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The Mysterious Case Of The Missing Welsh DNA

I had always been told by my family that there was some Welsh DNA in my family background, and this would make sense for obvious genealogical reasons. After all, my official great-grandfather on one of my paternal lines is one … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midrash And Multiplicity

Midrash And Multiplicity: Pirke de-Rabbi Eliezer And The Renewal Of Rabbinic Interpretive Literature, by Steven Daniel Saks While I am somewhat familiar with Jewish midrashic literature, I must admit that I am not very familiar personally with the Pirke-de Rabbi … Continue reading

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Book Review: Wolves: A Modern Look

Wolves: A Modern Look, by the Wolves In American Culture Committee Does this short book make me view wolves, or the authors of this book, in a particularly positive light? No. I certainly think that there is a way that … Continue reading

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Book Review: In The Waves

In The Waves: My Quest To Solve The Mystery Of A Civil War Submarine, by Rachel Lance This book’s appeal rests in the intersection of naval engineering and Civil War history in which the author represents someone who is a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Everywhere The Soles Of Your Feet Shall Tread

Everywhere The Soles Of Your Feet Shall Tread, by Jennifer Hanisch This book is obviously the passion project of the writer, and shows itself clearly as the work of someone who feels compelled to write not out of vanity but … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shake The Devil

Shake The Devil: A True Story Of The Murder That Rocked New Orleans, by Ethan Brown There are a few essential problems with this book, and it is worthwhile to consider such problems as they materially affect the seriousness of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ten Ceasars

Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors From Augustus to Constantine, by Barry Strauss I get the feeling that this author, a noted midbrow classicist whose works I am generally fond of and familiar with [1], could have written this book in his … Continue reading

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