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A View of Life Through Central Asia

I had not been to the circus in probably 30 or so years. So when my wife mentioned that perhaps we should take the kids to go see The Garden Bros. showing at The Cow Palace I thought it might be fun for the kids. What I learned is how different my views have become […]

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The Fourth of July 2019

It is the 4th of July, a holiday where the citizens of the USA show how proud they are to live in the free and home of the brave with cookouts, over the top flag outfits and fireworks. But for me, this was the worst 4th of July I’ve ever had. I spent the evening […]

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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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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, […]

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Standing Rock

It has been another very long spell without a post on this site.  One would think I’d be writing about the victory of Donald Trump at the least but no, I haven’t been motivated to do that. This morning however the incidents at Standing Rock have motivated me.  Donald Trump will be just another footnote […]