6/30/17 (earlier than I'd care to admit) The move across country was a little more demanding than I expected for some reason. No LOGICAL reason, mind you. But somehow, I managed to overlook some of the hidden landmines and stresses with this move. But having said that, the only casualty was time away from writing … Continue reading Time to Get Back in the Saddle
3.23.17 (A Skull & Bones Kind of Holiday) Before I give myself the 3rd degree - and with so much going on these days; I thought it proper I step back and post something light-hearted again. I've been a musician for about 30 years now - but somehow...along the way, I completely missed these guys … Continue reading Sweet Ignorance Upturned – Music in My Blindspot…
2/26/17 This article continues the idea of a "Speaking Bibliography" while also promoting the study of history. "A Warning to the West" (published in 1976) was written by the same (heroic) author who penned "The Gulag Archipelago" -- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. As opposed to the multi-volume "Gulag" monster, "Warning" is a much smaller work, consisting of a … Continue reading Another Book Recommendation: “A Warning to the West”
2/25/17 Hello! It's been a little while since I've posted. During that time away I've spent some time in the area where I grew up and measured the time that's ticking away so feverishly... And isn't that something we ALL see? No matter what you believe (or don't believe) - can't we all see how … Continue reading Hello!
2/11/2017 (40 min's before tipoff) While looking back through Huxley's "Brave New World" last night I re-read the author's 'Foreword' and was encouraged by the opening paragraph. It's not that the words are cleverly crafted or deeply philosophical (especially for someone with an intellect like Huxley's) - but the simplicity of the notion itself is … Continue reading Quick Hits – A Word of Encouragement!
2/10/17 With these two dystopian cornerstones we have the two most widely read, most widely referenced, indelibly fascinating and persistently eerie future-shock novels of all time. Honorable mention should go to Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" however - that book will likely get a separate review in the coming weeks since it is worthy of note as well. Every other dystopian story told since the … Continue reading Dystopian Book Recommendations -Highlights and Thoughts on Orwell’s “1984” and Huxley’s “Brave New World”
2/9/17 (late) The intent of this article is to close out the previously hatched "Monumental" book recommendation where I started discussing A. Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag...(Vol 1)". I wound up putting a good deal of information and excerpts in that article and probably went about 1,000 words longer than I originally planned. But THAT serves me well … Continue reading Book Recommendations – Volume 2 of “The Gulag Archipelago”
Continuing with the book sharing to promote appreciation of history while also sharing some of my sources and influences
2/4/17 (About Brunch Time) Continuing with the book recommendation as a way to: a) Promote historical awareness and understanding and b) Highlight my own sources so readers can better understand the path I've taken to some of the political conclusions and convictions expressed on this site. So this recommendation is more than "just a book" … Continue reading A Monumental Book Recommendation – The Gulag Archipelago (Overview & Vol I Review)
2/3/17 In order to continue to be true to one part of the purpose of this blog - I'm going to talk books / sources and intel. If you have a good used book store near where you live -- BE THANKFUL - I now live in a place where we just don't have those … Continue reading Quick Hits – 2 Books I Recommend (Great Historical and Sociological Angles)