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Culture Life Religion

Considering the Human

Recently I’ve been doing an exercise in considering the human from an alien point of view.  That sounds very strange to say doesn’t it?  One more random blog where the author has gone off the rails.  But this is not so strange considering I got the idea from scientists Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Michko Kaku.  […]

A Passion Reawakened

It has been almost two years since I last wrote in this blog.  Looking at my post list in the dashboard I see that I had a draft entitled “The First Week of the Trump Presidency” but never published and I did not read what I had written.  How much the world has changed for […]

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History

Montaillou – Life in a Medieval Village

I just finished Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie.  This took me over half a year to finish not because it wasn’t great, but because I have two young boys and thus free time is non-existent. I learned of this book in a Reddit post and quickly bought it as it is right up my […]

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Politics

Leaving the Democratic Party

On January 4th I made the decision to officially leave the Democratic Party.  Although individual votes no longer count for much due to gerrymandering, the Electoral College, political tribal mentality – thus blue states and red states – and regardless of what a few diehard patriots may say, this was a rather important decision for […]

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Culture History Religion World

Santa Claus, Ded Moroz, Christianity and the Solstice

It is 2:48 AM on December 24th – the morning of Christmas Eve.  To mark the cultural and religious highlight of the entire year across the Western world I thought I should post something about the holiday. My focus is the mythical figure known as Santa Claus in the West, Ded Moroz in the East, […]