Readings of the Day Images aren’t reality, what we see can mislead us. When Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion approached the Wizard’s throne room they were greeting by a huge head surrounded by gouts of fire demanding why they were there, threatening dire punishment for offending him, and sending them […]

The Country Club is an institution I imagine most of us are familiar with. In addition to golf courses and space for other outdoor sports, they provide facilities for many kinds of special social gatherings. Membership in the club means having access to facilities, and rights to certain privileges. Being a guest at a Country […]

Readings of the Day My hometown of Higginsville was where a Confederate veterans home stood for many years, and there is still a memorial to those men at the park north of town. When I was growing up, I was amazed to learn that the biggest supporters for Confederate homes such as these were groups […]

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. G. K. CHESTERTON, A Short History of England In Shakespeare’s classic play The Merchant of Venice, Shylock is a Jewish businessman seeking revenge for years of persecution. Antonio, one of the leading businessman, takes […]

Readings of the Day “Speak friend, and enter.” Gandalf and the Fellowship of the Ring were stuck at the doors of Moria. The door couldn’t be seen except in starlight and moonlight and unless the password was spoken, it didn’t open.  The journey itself was long, uncertain with an unknown evil lurking in the darkness […]

Avila University starts classes this week, and my stream of consciousness led me recently to an essay by George Orwell Politics and the English Language. (1946)  For you who are willing to digest the entire essay, feel free to follow the link, but for my friends who are writing, both in and out of school, […]

Readings of the Day It’s not easy learning to use a lightsaber. It’s not easy to learn anything from scratch, the initial notes on a new instrument or first try behind the wheel of a car are always awkward. Luke Skywalker was having a tough time trying to use a lightsaber under Obi-Wan’s instruction, trying […]

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