Truth and Tolerance is a blog that tries to strike a balance between personal conviction and open mindedness.

I have degrees in philosophy and theology and used to be smart. I’m a New Englander, but have lived all over the United States (usually embedded in Hispanic communities) and in Italy. After spending a few years as an educator I’m now a factory planner. Yes, philosophy majors can do something other than teach or serve coffee.

As an introduction to this blog, you can read my interpretation of Vermeer’s Woman Holding a Balance here.



  1. dpmonahan, today, while reading an essay related to a WordPress account, I noticed that your current avatar is an image of Peter Sellers appearing in “Dr. Strangelove,” which is a movie that is primarily the creation of Stanley Kubrick. I judge this to be noteworthy because coincidentally I watched “Dr. Strangelove” just yesterday for the second time (the initial viewing occurred a few days ago) and also read about topics yesterday related to the movie. Therefore, Kubrick’s life and work were on my mind when I came across your avatar today.

    Perhaps it is worth adding for context that I am in my 60’s, so I am late in getting around to viewing a movie that I first heard about approximately 50 years ago.

    1. I’m not sure why I chose Dr. Strangelove as my avatar. Probably out of a sense of irony: the image of a madman musing about creating a perfect world through nuclear war is kinda the opposite of my personality.

  2. Barbara Burkhardt · · Reply

    Just read your piece on Garrison Keillor’s “Lake Wobegon Days.” Very enlightening — you have expressed some ideas that enrich my understanding of the work. I am writing Keillor’s biography, so I find this especially helpful.

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