Author Archives: Kung Fu Zu


In 1492

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu10/9/17
I know it is not politically correct to admire Christopher Columbus and his “discovery” of the New World, but I am a die-hard believer in the greatness of the man and the importance of his work. More » • (213 views)

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Living in a World of Make-believe

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu10/8/17
When the First Gulf War erupted, I felt the urge to try and understand Arab culture and history so I bought a number of books to help me in this pursuit.  One of those books was The Arab Mind, by Raphael Patai. More » • (154 views)

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Power Outage

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu9/30/17
In today’s news is a story of an Air France airliner on route from Paris to L.A., which lost an engine and had to make an emergency landing in Canada.  The link is to an article which shows the damaged engine during flight and after landing. More » • (198 views)

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Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu7/24/17
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Available for free for Kindle  •  It must be close to thirty years since I tried to read Crime and Punishment. Despite giving it the old college try, I could not get through the book. I found the protagonist, Raskolnikov, to be a tedious, self-absorbed individual who could always find a rationalization for his selfish actions — i.e. a leftist intellectual. More » • (215 views)

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Book Review: The Virginian

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu7/20/17
by Owen Wister  •  For those of a certain age, The Virginian will bring to mind the TV series starring James Drury as the Virginian and Doug McClure as Trampas. Being of that age, I remember the series well, but I did not know it was loosely based on an actual novel. I was not a great fan of the series, but I did not let that stop me from exploring its inspiration. More » • (580 views)

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Friedrich Rueckert

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu4/3/17
It is often said, mainly by those who do not speak it, that German is a course and rough language. Whenever I hear such nonsense, I immediately think of Rainer Maria Rilke. His poetry is beauty itself. Of course, Schiller and Goethe come to mind with their powerful works. More » • (976 views)

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David Rockefeller, R.I.P.

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu3/20/17
It has been reported that David Rockefeller, the last surviving grandchild of John D. Rockefeller, died today at the age of 101. I never met Mr. Rockefeller, but did run into him in 1989. More » • (776 views)

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“Adagio for Strings” by Samuel Barber

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu3/2/17
The video below is a recording of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings”, perhaps the most beautiful piece of music ever written. If it is true that one can have a religious experience through music, this is a composition which was composed for such a purpose. More » • (870 views)

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The Lord Works in Mysterious Ways

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu2/1/17
Sometimes, life pitches us a hanging curve ball, which we knock out of the park. One summer, I must have been thirteen or fourteen years old, our church had scheduled a series of sermons and wanted to get the word out. More » • (636 views)

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Fortune Favors the Prepared Mind

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu11/30/16
After returning to America, my family and I were for years devoted viewers of the game show, “Wheel of Fortune.” Almost every week day evening at 5:00 you would find us sitting in front of our TV listening to Pat Sejak ad lib and watch Vanna White touch blank rectangles More » • (681 views)

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Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu11/7/16
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”-Aesop  •  Friday nights, we often eat Chinese food at a cafeteria located in a local Asian grocery store. The food is generally better than that one finds in most so-called Chinese restaurants here and the prices are much lower. More » • (561 views)

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Book Review: Truman

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu10/26/16
By David McCullough •  After finishing this biography, I searched the book in vain for the photo of Truman walking on water. Not finding one, I went back and looked for one in which he had wings and a halo. Again, I was disappointed. More » • (541 views)

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