Thoughts: The Name of the Rose

The dangers of faith and fear, and the only truth we should seek.

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Ulysses S. Grant – An Archetype of American Leadership

The United States midterm elections take place on Tuesday, November 6.  If you have not already done so, you should review the candidates appearing on your ballot at http://www.vote411.org.  This website provides useful summaries of platforms and policy positions, in addition to highlighting those candidates who do not even bother to answer simple questions (automatic…

Stephen King Writes Non-Fiction Too

Many may know this fact by now, but Stephen King, the decorated novelist, once wrote a non-fiction book.  Although I am fairly late to the game, considering he published On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft in 2000, I am happy to have finally discovered this gem. By way of disclaimer, this is the first…

The Little Paris Bookshop: A Review

What a delightful read.  I purchased this book at an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas (BookPeople).  Nothing about it screams Austin, nor does it have anything to do with Texas or the American south.  Far from it, in fact.  It is a story of a Frenchman who lives in Paris and owns a floating bookstore…

The Power of Sleep: Arianna’s Sleep Revolution

Sleep and I have never cooperated.  When Arianna Huffington published a book called The Sleep Revolution in 2016, I barely flinched.  Who needs sleep?  As Nas ingrained in me from a young age, "I never sleep - 'cause sleep is the cousin of death." I used to think that 5 or 6 hours was adequate.  I would…