Nations can be complex things. They are not just communities. They are not just cultures. They are not just geographic regions. They are not just a shared language. They are not just a bureaucratic jurisdiction. They are all those things – and so much more. Nations represent the heritage that our predecessors have bequeathed to us, and they represent the heritage that we will pass along to our successors. Michael Brendan Dougherty’s book, ‘My Father Left Me … Continue reading Book Review: My Father Left Me Ireland
In the normal, fair and well-functioning parts of our society, costs are borne by the people who benefit. In unusual, unfair and badly-functioning parts of our society, benefits accrue to select system-abusers, while the costs are borne by others.
13 Things That Don’t Make Sense is an accessible book about the limits of current scientific understanding. In many story arcs – both fiction and non-fiction – there’s a satisfying and familiar pattern of sharing a beginning, a middle, and an end. That pattern is broadly consistent through many different forms of story-telling from short jokes, to long novel, to historical treatises. 13 Things is … Continue reading Book Review: 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense
Dark Places is a dark and emotional story – an interesting “whodunit” which opens a window to a world that is deeply foreign to me. It tells the fictional story of a young woman’s search for the truth behind the murder of her family. On one hand, it’s obviously a fictional story, but the story of a family losing one parent to murder, and another … Continue reading Book Review: Dark Places
Review of the (audio) book, Eat Pray Love. Continue reading Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love
I recently finished listening to 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson, narrated by Jordan B. Peterson on my Audible app. I thought it was very powerful in terms of taking personal responsibility for your own life – and to make your life (and the lives of your family and community) stronger. Growing up with a Jewish father, a Lutheran mother, I went to … Continue reading Book Review: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson
Richard Feynman won a Nobel Prize, played a key role in science in the 20th century, and obviously has a great mind. But this collection of anecdotes reveals that despite (maybe because of?) his great mind, he is a little odd. Perhaps a mind as great as his has been filled with great scientific understanding, sharp and analytical thinking, and a deep purpose, to the … Continue reading Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!
“D-Day Through German Eyes” is an eye-opening book with a series of terrible tales. In contrary to the Saving Private Ryan/Band of Brothers/Western tales that tell the stories of Allied Heroes, it tells the story of D-Day from the point of view of 4/5 German soldiers. Continue reading D-DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944