Anza-Borrego State Park, California, February 2005

Adirondack Tales

During the early 1960s, my friend Sidney and I took two week-long hiking excursions during the summers in the Adirondack Park in the High Peak region. It was his favorite place for hiking – he grew up in the Philadelphia area and his family took regular summer camping vacations there. We backpacked all our suppliesContinue reading “Adirondack Tales”

Comment on Elizabeth Peabody and the Transcendentalists

In Megan Marshall’s book on The Peabody Sisters, she states “As she wrestled with the spiritual questions … Elizabeth gravitated toward a communitarian view rather than toward the cult of the self-reliant individual that Emerson and Thoreau would espouse.”1 Ms. Peabody certainly had a more communitarian view than Emerson and Thoreau. However, my view ofContinue reading “Comment on Elizabeth Peabody and the Transcendentalists”

Arnold’s “Dover Beach” and Wordsworth’s “Evening on Calais Beach” Compared

On accidentally looking through William Wordsworth’s poems, this comparison simply jumped out at me. The poems: Evening on Calais Beach It is a beauteous evening, calm and free, The holy time is quiet as a Nun Breathless with adoration; the broad sun Is sinking down in its tranquillity; The gentleness of heaven broods o’er theContinue reading “Arnold’s “Dover Beach” and Wordsworth’s “Evening on Calais Beach” Compared”

The Shack

On a cross-country trip in December 1967 I stopped in Chicago to visit a friend who was a student at Northwestern University. One night he had an engagement and suggested that I take dinner at a nearby restaurant called The Shack. This essay is a slightly fictionalized account of that dinner. 1967 was a strangeContinue reading “The Shack”

The De-Evolution of the Republican Party, Part 2

The 1970s Through The 1980s There were two big changes in this period.  White Evangelical Voters.1 There was a massive shift from 1960 to 1990 of white evangelical voters away from the Democrats to the Republicans. There were two reasons.  First, the moral codes that evangelicals derived from their interpretation of the Bible included no abortions,Continue reading “The De-Evolution of the Republican Party, Part 2”


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