Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Trekker’s Review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

I just returned from seeing “The Force Awakens, Star Wars VII.”  Just to be upfront, I’m a relative outsider as far as Star Wars goes.  Star Trek is my science fiction passion.  But I thought I would offer this constructive … Continue reading

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Hidebound Habits

I’m going to take the liberty here to manufacture a new word: polonologist — a Poland expert.  I keyword searched it and, to my surprise, found no mention of it. Mind you, I don’t purport to be one — a … Continue reading

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Snapping Pieces Together

Thirty years ago as a graduate student at the University of Alabama, I  toured the Alabama Capitol and the Alabama Department of Archives and History with some friends. Way back then, official Alabama history exhibits still functioned more or less … Continue reading

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The Doomsday Machine: A Star Trek Masterpiece

I am a bit of an unrepentant Trekker – not a Trekkie, mind you – just a Trekker. I don’t go to conventions, I don’t secretly don Star Fleet uniforms in the privacy of my home, and  I have not … Continue reading

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Anomie and the Return to “History”

The New York Times reports that a return of history is unfolding in many parts of the world, only these histories often bear little resemblance to the histories and traditions out of which they grew. In ISIS-controlled portions of the … Continue reading

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The Trump Virus — and Why It’s Spreading

A couple of my friends got into an argument a few days ago at lunch over whether or not Islam should be characterized as religion of violence.  Personally, I don’t think that such a wholesale characterization can be applied to … Continue reading

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A 21st Century Advent Message

If there is one enduring 21st century Advent message, it is that Jesus, whether or not one considers him divine or even as having existed, altered the way humans relate to the attributes commonly ascribed to God. Yes, it’s an … Continue reading

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