Adopted Q #112: What could the top military brass think about the current white house occupant, a.k.a., the person they ultimately take their orders from?

I know, it's perhaps a simplification, but at the same time, I'd been wondering about this particular topic for some time. Considering the United States' reach in the world, and where our troops and such are deployed, I'm sure there's some strange reactions going on down the chain of command when things are announced and … Continue reading Adopted Q #112: What could the top military brass think about the current white house occupant, a.k.a., the person they ultimately take their orders from?

From Brain Pickings: “The Great Czech Playwright Turned Dissident Turned President Václav Havel on Hope”

I think I read this article four times today and just kept thinking about it, and about this man and the interesting life he led even though imprisonment and a regime that couldn't allow for change... until he did it himself. At least, I haven't read the book he published yet (sigh--another book to put … Continue reading From Brain Pickings: “The Great Czech Playwright Turned Dissident Turned President Václav Havel on Hope”

Stale from The Onion: “Sumerians Look On In Confusion as God Creates World”

I was watching oodles of YouTube vids about Christian apologetics (why I did such a thing without finishing my coffee, I don't know), and somebody in the criticism comments referenced this article. I almost spit my coffee out reading it. The article is a bit stale--nearly 10 years old--but so damn good I couldn't help … Continue reading Stale from The Onion: “Sumerians Look On In Confusion as God Creates World”

The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome, by Michael Parenti

My Copy: 9781565849426 (image from bn.com) If there's one book about Ancient Rome that should be added to someone's bookshelf, it's most definitely this one. The Assassination of Julius Caesar is not a thick book, but contains so much that should at least be analyzed and taken into consideration. I love the title; it's perfect … Continue reading The Assassination of Julius Caesar: A People’s History of Ancient Rome, by Michael Parenti

#105–Why are there no E-Sharp/F-Flat or B-Sharp/C-Flat keys on the piano?

I have to admit, the repetitive pattern of two black three black two black, etc makes it easier to find one's place on the piano (especially when starting somewhere NOT middle C for us beginners). But I always wondered about those gaps. When you look at the keyboard, where you might expect to find a … Continue reading #105–Why are there no E-Sharp/F-Flat or B-Sharp/C-Flat keys on the piano?

Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?, by D.W. Jones & R. S. Woodbridge

My Copy: 9780825429309 (image from bn.com) It's not a long read. Not at all. And the title pretty much speaks for itself regarding what the book is about: answering the question of the prosperity gospel as compared to the Bible's teachings. It's not an exhaustive bit of research (A Different Gospel started that one about … Continue reading Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?, by D.W. Jones & R. S. Woodbridge

Sacred Cows: A lighthearted look at belief and tradition around the world, by Seth Andrews

My Copy: 978147874996 (image from bn.com) I've heard of some of the religious traditions mentioned in this book before, but I love the introductory presentation. Yes, some of this is intense and perplexing, but it also makes you try to imagine it and how you'd react to seeing it. That's what I like about Seth … Continue reading Sacred Cows: A lighthearted look at belief and tradition around the world, by Seth Andrews

#092–What is it that allows some people to dismiss modern facts in favor of the Bible without question?

Yes, it's slow going reading through the Bible. I'm almost regretting reading through both versions of the book, but not because I'm being challenged, but rather I'm getting more frustrated. I'd tried to study the Bible before, at least half a dozen times. I didn't really have good questions to ask a pastor or anything … Continue reading #092–What is it that allows some people to dismiss modern facts in favor of the Bible without question?

#091–Was There a Better, Less Costly Way to do the Normandy Invasion in WWII?

image from navy.mil I was thinking about some things I'd read about WWII and remembered a question my dad had. He couldn't watch movies like The Longest Day (too damned long and he hated it) and probably couldn't watch Saving Private Ryan for too long... if he saw much of any of it. It wasn't … Continue reading #091–Was There a Better, Less Costly Way to do the Normandy Invasion in WWII?

Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)

My Copy: 9780060184711 (image from bn.com) Ever since I was a little kid, and Jaws was my favorite movie (still is, actually), I've been curious about sharks and Naval ships. That began with the scene of Quint telling about the Indianapolis disaster. I don't care if I've seen it 200+ times, I will stop what … Continue reading Abandon Ship!: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the Navy’s greatest sea disaster, by Richard F. Newcomb (with intro & afterward by Peter Maas)