Category Archives: Non-fiction

Lapham’s Quarterly Fall 2014: Time

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Perception is reality.  (Isn’t it?  Sometimes?) Time is a ring.  A year of time is a ring, that is.  It stands vertical as though one were facing it and the year proceeds counter-clockwise (of course), from right to left over … Continue reading

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What are YOU reading?

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[Categories: Literature, Reading.] But enough about YOU.  What about ME? It seems like I’m reading EVERYTHING (exaggeratedly of course). I’ve been reading a lot of ‘stuff’ lately and still have a lot of ‘stuff’ to read. [Click on photos to … Continue reading

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Code Talker by Chester Nez and Judith Scheiss Avila

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[CATEGORIES: Book Review, WWII, veterans.] Subtitled: “The first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo code talkers of WWII”, by Chester Nez with Judith Schiess Avila. Code talkers were Navajo Indians who developed an unbreakable English-Navajo-English code used … Continue reading

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Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl [Updated]

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[CATEGORIES: Literature, Reading, Book Review] Check your pulse if you haven’t heard of Anne Frank the young Jewish girl who kept a diary of her family’s hiding in Amsterdam for 2 years (1942-1944) during WWII, only to be found and … Continue reading

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We Should Be Embarrassed by the Sequester Debate

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Here is a new op-ed by two people whose intellect and opinions I very highly respect.  I have read their book Free Market Revolution twice and I strongly recommend you read this 221-page book… carefully. OP-ED We Should Be Embarrassed … Continue reading

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Lapham’s Quarterly Fall 2011: The Future

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I’m playing catch-up on this one.  It is the favorite Quarterly of a scholarly, well-read friend.  Lewis Lapham waxes eloquent in his introductory preamble Kingdom Come.  A few excerpts: “President Obama appears before the congregations of the Democratic faithful as … Continue reading

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Politics and the Brain

A fellow blogger I follow, conservative judging from her posts, recently posted this reference: Red brain, blue brain: Republicans & Democrats Process Risk Differently “A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts … Continue reading

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T.O.T.N. (Thoughts On The News) 02/13-14/2013

Obama’s State of the Union Address, Minimum Wage, Marco Rubio, Immigration, Gun Control, oh my!  REALLY?! I could opine on conservative thought 3 times a day.  I definitely should opine more than 3 times a year.  If I have anything … Continue reading

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False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency by Gene Healy

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False Idol: Barack Obama and the Continuing Cult of the Presidency [Kindle Edition] by Gene Healy, from Amazon. A friend often asks me something to the effect of “is our current president incompetent or does he have a strategy to grow government … Continue reading

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Yet another book you must read: FREE MARKET REVOLUTION

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Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government by Yaron Brook, Don Watkins This is an excellent book.  I approve its message. (It is presidential election season.) The book is a methodical, reasoned analysis of the self-inflicted big government … Continue reading

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CAPITALIST SOLUTIONS – A Philosophy of American Moral Dilemmas by Andrew Bernstein

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This is a dynamic, powerful book.  It is filled with in-your-face pull-no-punches logic and reason.  Oh these Ayn Randians (Bernstein has written and lectured with the Ayn Rand Institute for some time).  Do they never stop spouting about individual rights, … Continue reading

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NO THEY CAN’T by JOHN STOSSEL

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…WHY GOVERNMENT FAILS– BUT INDIVIDUALS SUCCEED. This is libertarian John Stossel’s retort to the big government political slogan “Yes We Can”.  It is his latest book for individual freedom of choice and against overbearing government.  Stossel was a consumer reporter … Continue reading

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Inside Apple by Adam Lashinksky, book review

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INSIDE APPLE: How America’s Most Admired–And Secretive–Company Really Works, by Adam Lashinsky. Published January 2012 by Business Plus of the Hachette Book Group. At slightly over 200 pages this is a clear, fast, easy read, for which I am always … Continue reading

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Lapham’s Quarterly Winter 2012: Family

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    A review. Lapham’s Quarterly is a superb assembly of thought from all of recorded history.  Each quarterly issue gathers essays and commentaries from great thinkers on a broad but specific topic. Recent issues have dwelt on Food, Lines … Continue reading

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The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer, book review

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The True Believer: Thoughts On The Nature Of Mass Movements by Eric Hoffer. A great book in my opinion.  I highly recommend it.  Five of five stars for excellent literature.  This is the second time I’ve read it, the first … Continue reading

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Do you have time…? (Lapham’s Quarterly Fall 2011: The Future)

Does time have you? Do you care? A friend and his references to the Fall 2011 issue of Lapham’s Quarterly THE FUTURE, as well as a night in the hospital recently, got me thinking about my mortality. As I’ve grown … Continue reading

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The book STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson

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I received the book STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson as a Christmas gift and inhaled the 600-page tome in a week.  It’s an easy read, something I always appreciate.  I found it intriguing, inspiring, insightful and I highly recommend it. … Continue reading

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Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America

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…by Ann Coulter. My commentary/review, written in several parts over time.  It’s a work in progress I want to share with you now.  I’ll add a note here when I’ve finished reading and commenting. (NOTE: I’M FINISHED NOW!  6/27/11.) [MINIMAL SPOILER … Continue reading

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The History of Standard Oil

…by Ida M. Tarbell.  The “muckraker”. Book review time.  Commentary actually, a real review would be too much work.  Checklist: Here I sit, laptop in lap.  Check. I’m sipping leftover Lipizzan Port from the Greystone Vineyards in Palidsade, Colorado that … Continue reading

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