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Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger

on September 19th, 2017 by admin

We all remember the day when US Airways flight 1549 landed on the Hudson River on January 15, 2009.  That was not a good time for me or for the whole country.  I had just been laid off from my banking job, and was very fearful of the future.  This was at the height of […]

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Emily Brontë’s Poetry

on May 30th, 2017 by admin

I am a big fan of the Brontë sisters novels.  However I had no idea Emily Brontë wrote poetry.  It wasn’t until after watching an excellent PBS movie about the sisters called To Walk Invisible that I was introduced to her poetry.  I was able to find an old edition of her poems at my local […]

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What The Past Tells Us About Our Present World

on January 9th, 2017 by admin

As much as we bemoan the state of the world today with Muslim terrorism, economic turmoil, and leadership that only cares about maintaining its own power as an end in itself.  It’s easy to fall into the mindset of the world being a hellish place.  I am guilty of it as well.  Yet, some of […]

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Hillbilly Culture and America’s Future

on October 18th, 2016 by admin

I just finished reading an intriguing memoir about a segment of American society that is virtually ignored.  Writer J.D. Vance chronicles his life story in Hillbilly Elegy.  Vance highlights the terrible consequences of bad ideas passed from generation to generation.  These bad ideas include eschewing education, using violence as a means to settle disagreements, drug […]

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Cyrano De Bergerac

on September 26th, 2016 by admin

“What would you have me do?  Seek for the patronage of some great man and like a creeping vine on a tall tree crawl upward where I cannot stand alone?  No thank you!  Dedicate as others do, poems to pawnbrokers?  Be a buffoon in the vile hope of teasing out a smile.  On some cold […]

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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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