Boston Globe reporter Dan Shaughnessy is mad at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: Kudos to Eli Manning for standing up and saying something about the scandal-ridden NFL: “We can’t accept that as players, we can’t accept that from our teammates and around the league. Hopefully . . . the NFL can learn from this, and we […]

Continuing some musings on Progress People will often talk about the dark ages of thirty or forty years ago before the dawn of Progress. Back in the day, things were awful, terrible. Now they are better thanks to (fill in the blank). So, you hear young women talk about how evil things were “before women […]

Last week’s post Horrible People  got me thinking about the nature of progress. I’m planning on doing a few posts on the theme. Progress is hard to define. Last week I mentioned the Women’s Suffrage movement. Today we see it as a huge step forward in social progress, but it is not as if before the Suffrage movement men […]

Once, in English Composition class my freshman year of college, I had a big thick book sitting on my desk. The professor asked what I was reading, and I told her it was a collection of essays by G.K. Chesterton. She had never heard of him, so I explained that he was an early 20th century English […]

Richard Adams always insisted that Watership Down is not an allegory: it is not a story about religion or politics, but a story about rabbits. If anyone should know what Watership Down is about, it is the author. But a good story (and Watership Down is a great story) is true to life. The different rabbit societies strike the reader as […]

People like this fail… because the future is won by those who build, not destroy. One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century. Barack Obama A few months ago a reader tried (unsuccessfully) to explain to me that hunting and eating meat were […] Enjoy!


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