Did I ever tell you you’re my hero? (The Search for Henry V or Siegfried)

We are always looking for heroes. Often we find someone we admire, a political, religious, or cultural leader, only to be let down when we learn more about them. I have known some actual heroes and it gives me hope for the future. William Shakespeare helps us recognize a real hero by giving us an [Read More…]

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Woe is not Romantic: Just Ask Juliet and Romeo

Woe is not romantic, but art can make it feel that way. If a piece of literature, a movie, or a play is true to life, woe or sorrow or misery are good signs that you are in trouble. If nothing else, when romance hurts, physically or mentally, it is time to step back, get [Read More…]

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Lovers Win, Wise Guys Lose (Living “As You Like It”)

Love can make you stupid . . . or seemingly stupid. People in love believe all kinds of things and have hope that kingdoms can grow out of the wilderness. Shakespeare made kingdoms grow out of nearly nothing on the stage, surviving critics, censors, and plagues to achieve unmatched greatness . . . and yet [Read More…]

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Hail to Baseball!

I love watching football . . . to the point that I once gave the Green Bay Packers money for “one share” of the team . . . but the movie Concussion and an examination of the facts has given me pause about the game. Can I enjoy a sport that is killing the men who play [Read More…]

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It is April 15: It can be a good day.

Today your taxes are due. Yesterday in 1865 Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Last night in 1912 the good ship RMS Titanic sank with hundreds of souls. What do you do the day after a bad day? Most of us have them, but what comes next? The day after a very bad day is hard, but [Read More…]

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You Give Material Goods Meaning and Value: RMS Titanic Day

Human beings have a power that comes from the Almighty and this power can do great good. Use it today and you cooperate with God in giving deeper meaning to every place you visit, every object you own, and even to past events. Nature and Nature’s God makes the mountain, but we give it a [Read More…]

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Heading to an Iceberg- Avoiding Being on RMS Titanic

The year is steaming toward April 14 and 15 . . . one hundred and four years ago the good ship RMS Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic and on this date many of the passengers had days to live. When the ship hit the iceberg many people behaved like heroes and some like cowards, [Read More…]

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Eisenhower, the Domino Effect, and Vietnam as a Just War

April 7 marks the day when Dwight D. Eisenhower, one of our most underrated Presidents, gave a speech arguing that small nations like Vietnam mattered to American foreign policy. He talked about the “domino effect,” where one nation falls and causes instability in another nation. This idea stuck and played a major role in Americans [Read More…]

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Everyone Opposed to My Point of View is in the Pay of Evil

I am fortunate in my friends. They stick by me through my bad opinions (Romney can win!) and my monomaniacal study habits (Another book on James Garfield!). My social media feed indicates there is another type of person out there who apparently thinks everyone opposed to their point of view is in the pay of [Read More…]

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Mrs. Clinton: You are a Human, You Have a Right to Life, and the Constitution Has Nothing to Do With It

Secretary Clinton is (sort of) right when she says the “unborn child does not have rights” under the Constitution of 1789. In fact, all children have important limitations placed on their Constitutional rights. Children have no “right to vote” until they are eighteen. They have limited freedom of speech until they are no longer children. [Read More…]

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