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If They Haven’t Learned…

by Deana Chadwell8/3/18
Picture 10-year-old Johnny, his masculinity threatened on every level, his mental and physical energy denied expression, his home life hectic and unsupportive, his continued inability to read becoming more debilitating every year, and his boredom level has climbed off any available chart. More » • (132 views)

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Fragmentation and the Family

by Deana Chadwell7/16/18
Time was when society was a fairly simple arrangement. There was Noah and his wife and the three sons and their wives.  That mini-society obviously worked well because in just a few hundred years human beings found the time to build giant monuments. More » • (199 views)

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The West since the Cold War

by Jon N. Hall7/12/18
Since the liberation of Europe’s Soviet Bloc in 1989 and the demise in 1991 of the Soviet Union itself, the West has become so pathetic that one might be forgiven for having a little wistful nostalgia for the Cold War era. More » • (119 views)

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Saturday Morning at the Village Inn

by Steve Lancaster7/7/18
My wife is out of town this week, so I am a bachelor and not wanting or needing to cook I have been eating out most of the week. This morning it was breakfast at Village Inn. Village Inn is a national chain of diner style restaurants that serve breakfast 24/7. More » • (61 views)

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Time to Put the Democratic Party on Suicide Watch?

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke7/3/18
There perhaps has never been a time when the Democrats did a better job of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. After being well ahead in the generic congressional polls, those numbers collapsed early this year along with the Trump/Russia/Collusion narrative. More » • (77 views)

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TV Series Review: Game of Thrones

by Steve Lancaster7/2/18
Season One  •  The Game of Thrones series has been a great success for HBO in the last ten years. I won’t attempt to analyze the series episode by episode but cover it with the broader themes of season by season. So, this will take several updates to complete, or until we are all bored of it, whichever comes first. More » • (89 views)

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TV Series Review: Grantchester

by Brad Nelson6/14/18
A vicar regularly helps a police inspector with his cases while drinking too much and being chronically undecided about the girl he loves…or maybe likes…or maybe they’re just friends. What could go wrong? More » • (103 views)

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TV Series Review: Fauda

by Steve Lancaster6/6/18
When it comes to Israel, everything is complicated. Politics are complicated, religion is complicated, democracy is complicated, the conflict is complicated. Even the complications are complicated. These are the things that make us shout, and cry, that fill us with hope or plunge us into utter despair. More » • (212 views)

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Movie Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

by Brad Nelson6/3/18
I can hear you thinking, “Brad, why are you reviewing another movie that you can’t heartily recommend?” The answer is that you might be fascinated by the subject (mathematics) and/or are a fan of Jeremy Irons who finally (in my humble opinion) has done his first solid work in some time. More » • (131 views)

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Helping Lawyers with Their Prose

by Jon N. Hall6/2/18
President Trump wants to end the nearly 70-year conflict with North Korea and get Kim to sign a peace treaty. But what is a treaty if not language? Let’s hope the lawyers drafting any agreement with NOKO know enough to avoid “and/or.” More » • (72 views)

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Confederate Memorial Day

by Steve Lancaster6/2/18
On the first Saturday in June, in some places the second Saturday of June, descendants of veterans of The War Between the States, or The War of Northern Invasion, gather to pay respects to the fallen. This tradition began shortly after the war. More » • (89 views)

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Starless, Starless Night

by Deana Chadwell5/30/18
Here we are, groping our way through the promised Age of Aquarius, constantly bombarded with images of kids snorting prophylactics or swallowing detergent, college professors gloating over the dead, and young people committing random, mass shootings. More » • (124 views)

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