This Magical Island: On My Anniversary (The Tempest)

This will first be published on the day, thirty years ago, when I married Hope Lancy. If all has gone as planned, we are on an island now, far away from troubles, and full of love. Whatever is the case, and wherever we are, there is a magical place where love endures that we reach [Read More…]

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Friendship: Don’t Underestimate It (Two Noble Kinsmen)

If we eliminated the popular music, theater, and video dealing with romantic love, there would be little left. This would strike our ancestors as odd. They valued friendship at least as much as romantic love and certainly more than erotic love. In fact, they would have valued the duty and love owed to any guest [Read More…]

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Even A Blot of Grease Can Be God’s Man (Henry VIII)

Do not flatter the great. That’s easy to say, but hard to do and even William Shakespeare fell for the desire to simplify history and tell a patron what they wanted to hear. Charles Dickens had Henry VIII dead to rights: The plain truth is, that he was a most intolerable ruffian, a disgrace to [Read More…]

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Life Lesson: Genius Needs Company (Edward III)

Genius needs company, so any company that tries to build on a solitary genius will fail. How do we know? The Bible suggests it, history supports it, and Shakespeare’s career proves it. Shakespeare may have written none of Edward III, some of it, or all of it. Scholars disagree and where the experts are divided, we the [Read More…]

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Give America Cordelia, We Need Her Just Now (King Lear)

Israel was on the ropes, God sent Deborah, and Israel was saved. France was ruined, God sent Joan and France was saved. If tempted to despair, then do not. God will send us His woman and God knows America needs her just now. Shakespeare understood this pattern in history better than any writer. He demonized [Read More…]

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