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The Last Laugh

I stumbled onto a quote last night by our 34th president, Dwight Eisenhower, which not only expresses much of the essence of this sagacious and woefully underrated statesman but also provides timeless advice for the rest of us: “Never waste … Continue reading

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Why “Ordinary People” Is an Extraordinary Film

I watched Ordinary People, one of my favorite movies, last night on Retroplex. This extraordinary film marked the director’s debut of Robert Redford and resulted in a well-deserved Oscar for Timothy Hutton, who was scarcely 20 at the time. The … Continue reading

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“A Wolf by the Ear”

Just finished watching the British-made science fiction film, Ex Machina, which I highly recommend. At first, I thought it would be an updating of the Star Trek original series episode, “Requiem for Methuselah, in which a brilliant creator uses a … Continue reading

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Why Are Americans So Fascinated with the Monarchy?

Members of Republic, the lobbying group calling for the abolition of the British monarchy and its replacement with an elected head of state, often express bewilderment over the American fascination with the Royal Family. Republic supporters out protesting and canvassing … Continue reading

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What Accounts for Britain’s Soft-Power Superpower Status?

America may be the world’s sole military superpower, but Britain is distinguished as the world’s preeminent soft-power superpower. What exactly is meant by soft power?  According to the people who conceived this ranking, soft power means the acquisition of influence … Continue reading

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Was New Testament Communion a Sacrificial Rite?

Who comes closest to the original New Testament view of Communion, Catholics or Protestants? In other words, is the Eucharistic meal sacrificial, as Catholics maintain — a literal partaking, through consecrated bread and wine, of the body of Christ — … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Milestone: The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Next month marks the 25th anniversary fall of the Berlin Wall and the beginning of the headlong collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. To celebrate this milestone, I’ve decided to feature some of the items from my Cold War collection, which … Continue reading

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