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Professional Discourtesy

There is an old joke about a shark refusing to eat a lawyer in the sea because of professional courtesy. In not all cases do we find professional courtesy that is granted where we might expect it to be. For … Continue reading

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They Don’t Really Care About Us

Earlier today, while I was sitting at dinner, I read the first third or so of a book that my workplace’s book club is reading. I had a general idea, based on the language that was used in our introductory … Continue reading

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Requiem For A Pyramid Man

I got the call this evening. Admittedly, I am not an easy man to get in touch with by phone, but I happened to see the phone number light up on my phone and it was from an area code … Continue reading

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Do Not Seal The Words Of The Prophecy

[Note: This is the prepared text for a sermonette given to the Portland United Church of God congregation on Sabbath, February 19, 2022.] It is said that roughly a third of the Bible contains prophecy, and yet if one looks … Continue reading

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On The Perfect Ending

There are some writers who simply do not know when to stop. The great Polish novelist Joseph Conrad once wrote a novel that has been widely loved but also universally recognized to have had a bad ending. The author, somehow, … Continue reading

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On The Responsibility Of Reviewers

What is the responsibility of a reviewer? Those who look through this blog and indeed throughout my larger body of writing as a whole will find that a substantial amount of my writing is related to the review of book, … Continue reading

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The Hunt For Obscure Norwegian Novels

Last night at the pot luck before our variety show I had a conversation with one of the deacons in our congregation who happens to live relatively close to me about a wide variety of subjects, and the topic of … Continue reading

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The Joy Of The Pen

While there have been a great many hit songs in music history that have highly questionable origins, there are perhaps few subjects of songs as unappealing as that of Bobby Darin’s hit “Mack The Knife,” a murderous psychopath whose history … Continue reading

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Return Of The Native Son: First Epilogue

It was a beautiful spring day when the carriage brought home Lord Lipton and his pregnant wife along with Clarissa and Miss Wood back to Orient House in Yorkshire. Not to far away from them, waving them farewell from the … Continue reading

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Return Of The Native Son: Chapter Thirty

Meanwhile, Lord Lipton’s carriage brought Lady Martin, Clarissa, and Miss Wood over to Cheapside where they soon found the pleasant house where Mr. Bennett was staying. The three ladies got out of the carriage, but not before Sir Martin kissed … Continue reading

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