"A shipwreck gave a man limitless opportunity to know himself if only he cared to find out. He could always press further, dig deeper, find places no one had mastered. To Chatterton, there always seemed to be opportunity on a shipwreck, even the simple wrecks: the opportunity to confront the problems really worth solving, and... Continue Reading →
A Susceptible Mind
The key ingredient was to find a person of faultless poise. A person willing to see both sides of the argument, but also the ability to find an equilibrium permitting the completion of the task at hand. With two forces tugging at both ends, which way would he turn when the time came? The end... Continue Reading →
Lest We Forget
A Tribute to a Veteran of Vietnam by Julie K. Weber-Torres is labelled as an ode to the heroism of a daughter's father, but after reading I can't help but be amazed by the compassion, resolve and love of a father's daughter. When a parental figure has spent more time out of your life than... Continue Reading →
The Black Sea : Housing The Dead For Several Centuries
" 'The CIA code word for him is The Mingrelian. That's a tribe or clan in the Republic of Georgia, that's been prominent in the Caucases since the dawn of civilization. Mingrelians were among the first Christians and remained Christian through Mongol, Persian, and Turkish invasions. Their aristocracy maintained an independent principality along the coast... Continue Reading →
If 13,000 Years Has Proved One Thing It’s That…..
“Much of human history has consisted of unequal conflicts between the haves and the have-nots.” Perhaps the first colonials or humans in Africa left because of the oppressive heat and corresponding drought. Head north young man where it is much more sustainable. Perhaps it's as simple as that; Mr. Diamond, on the other hand believes... Continue Reading →
Say It With Me Now, People…
"How does one conquer fear of death, the most primordial of terrors….Dogs in a pack find courage to take on a lion. Each hound knows its place. He fears the dog ranked above and feeds off the fear of the dog below. Fear conquers fear. This is how we Spartans do it, counterpoising to fear... Continue Reading →
The War That Shall Not Be Named
"WCCO radio is interrupting this program to bring you breaking news. An Associated Press report confirms that at dawn, Sunday the twenty-fifth of June, elements of the North Korean Army crossed the border into South Korea, and it appears that a full-scale invasion of the south by the north is occurring. Stay tuned for further... Continue Reading →
If A Tree Falls In The Forest Does Anybody Hear?
"I cannot remember much, I cannot feel much. Maybe erasure is necessary. Maybe the human spirit defends itself as the body does, attacking infection, enveloping and destroying those malignancies that would otherwise consume us." From a professional standpoint John Wade has hit rock bottom; his once promising political career is all but dead a mere... Continue Reading →
Which Way To The Beach?
"We were at a party. One girl said I was like her grandmother, now dead. I told her I'm nobody's grandmother and I'm not dead, and she said that made it perfect." What if the only thing on your bucket list was to literally fill a bucket before you kicked it. Eighty-two year old Etta... Continue Reading →
A True Story Of Perpetual Grappling Of Good Vs. Evil From Beyond The Grave
"We must never forget that the record on which we judge these men today is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow." Justice Robert H. Jackson, Chief U.S. Prosecutor, Nuremburg For the realization of a "Greater Serbia", the ends must justify the means. Prisoners of war being tortured, rape, forced into slave labour,looting,destruction... Continue Reading →