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Almost Ready To Release–The 80-Year Old Film You Need To See

The war. The Second World War. And one of the greatest movies of all time. 80 Decembers ago it was almost ready for release. If you want a glimpse into attitudes that Americans of that time had for the world at large, here’s your chance to see it. Casablanca. You likely know the story of […]

An Off-Shoot

I spend a lot of time in time passed. The past. All time before now.  Since this is so, I’d like to offer an out-of-the way thought from the 21st anniversary of September 11, 2001, or 9-11 as it’s shortened for history, those small slices of the past chosen to be remembered. I’m thinking of […]

A State Of The Union In Three Forms

Depending on when you’re reading this, POTUS 46 will either be delivering the speech on Tuesday, March 1 or has already done so. Regardless, I’d like to share briefly three examples to help you gauge and measure our current moment under broadly similar conditions. The examples fit around a set of criteria. 1) a major […]

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Americanism Redux: January 26, 250 Years Ago Today – in 1773

Americanism Redux January 26, 250 years ago today, in 1773 A beginning can be the start of a life together. Ask Mary. Mary Ogden looks at the man standing next to her. There are a lot of Ogdens in the room waiting to hear what she says. "Do you, Mary, take this man..." "Yes", answers … [READ MORE]

Americanism Redux – January 19 – 250 Years Ago Today – in 1773

Americanism Redux January 19, 250 years ago today, in 1773 Teaching and education. My life. I teach young people how to think. I teach adults how to worship. God made me to live this life. I've met a person, a parent, actually a step-father for whom I've developed great respect. The … [READ MORE]

Americanism Redux – January 12 – Today 250 Years Ago – 1773

Americanism Redux January 12, 250 years ago today, in 1773 "All in favor say 'aye'." The hands raised up. "One", "two", "three", and on it went. The count was finished but the outcome was never in doubt. The group wanted to do it. Excited. Motivated. Resolved. Today, in the British … [READ MORE]

Americanism Redux – Today – January 4 – 250 Years Ago in 1773

Americanism Redux January 4, 250 years ago today in 1773 (Colony House, Newport, Rhode Island) Clean out the room where the hearing will be held. Do the work. Sweep the floors. Wipe down the seats and the rails. Stack firewood. Candles at the ready. Make sure nothing from the first … [READ MORE]