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. 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 now have a management role in manufacturing production, living proof that 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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