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The Historical Roots of Banking Systems

on August 24th, 2016 by admin

Have you ever wondered why the United States has had 14 banking crises since the country’s inception, whereas Canada has had none?  Or why Mexico and Brazil has some of the riches natural resources on the planet yet the majority of its populations live in poverty.  I just finished reading an interesting book that answers […]

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Sophocles’ Antigone

on July 12th, 2016 by admin

I always look to the ancient Greeks for wisdom.  Since they were the inventors of literature and philosophy, I decided to read the tragedy Antigone.  A tyrant named Creon commands a woman, Antigone to not give her brother the dignity of a burial.  Or she will be executed.  Not only does Antigone not follow Creon’s […]

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President James A. Garfield

on May 28th, 2016 by admin

“There is no horizontal Stratification of society in this country like the rocks in the earth, that hold one class down below forevermore and let another come to the surface to stay there forever.  Our Stratification is like the ocean where every individual drop is free to move and where from the sternest depths of […]

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Two Philosophic Giants and the Battle for Western Civilization

on April 16th, 2016 by admin

An excellent book which spans over two thousand years of Western thought asks the question: Who has influenced Western thought the most, Plato or Aristotle?  The answer writer Arthur Herman gives us in his excellent book The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization is both.  […]

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The Pillars of the Earth

on February 21st, 2016 by admin

The title of this post is from a novel written by Welshman Ken Follett, a writer who was unknown to me.  I was on a website that reviewed this masterful piece of historical fiction.  Follett takes us back to 12th century England, a world far removed from our own.  The story centers on a fictional […]

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Ender’s Game

on November 27th, 2015 by admin

Imagine a future world where genius children are trained to fight an intergalactic war against an extraterrestrial enemy ready to destroy Earth.  Orson Scott Card’s book Ender’s Game (The Ender Quintet) is a fascinating story about a highly intelligent young boy named Ender who is chosen to train in the military to defeat an evil species.  This is […]

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How To Handle The Inevitable Challenges Of Life

on August 11th, 2015 by admin

I came across an interview of Ryan Holiday about his book The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.  After reading the interview I decided to read the book. I can tell you I was not disappointed. Holiday’s book is not the usual self-help books with their meaningless platitudes that […]

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Aesop’s Fables

on June 6th, 2015 by admin

Not much is known about Aesop.  In one instance I read he was a slave in ancient Greece who wrote these tales as a chronicle of his life.  I also read that Aesop could have been a pen name used by multiple writers.  In any event these stories have lasted over 2000 years and their […]

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About A Boy King

on May 10th, 2015 by admin

We all know the story of King Henry VIII the tyrannical ruler of England.  In his quest for a male heir he divorced and beheaded his wives with impunity.  Finally, in 1537, a son named Edward was born. The circumstances surrounding Edward’s birth would have massive implications for the Catholic Church, England, Western Europe, and our […]

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Two Fashion Superstars Self Destruction

on April 6th, 2015 by admin

I just finished reading a disturbing look into the lives of fashion designers John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Dana Thomas, a fashion correspondent delves into the lives of these incredibly talented designers in her book Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano From my reading, Thomas showed the parallel lives […]

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