Tag Archives: History

Dept. of Alternative Facts: History

history (n): the narrative of events, usually written by the victor and those in power, easily skewed to a specific view point on the events, especially when working with a set of alternative facts Black Lives Matter rallies, marches, kneel-ins, … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J. D. Vance

In my project of reading-books-I-already-have-then-moving-them-along, J. D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, was next in the stack.  This came to me by way of my mother-in-law, whom I believe read it for her book club.  She then passed it on to … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: My Years in Communist China, by Eva Diao

Every once in a while, I find a book on my shelf which I had forgotten about for a couple of decades. After those not-too-light-reading texts by Friedman and Chomsky, I skimmed for something less taxing. My eye settled on … Continue reading

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Theatre Review(s): “All the Way” and “Henry V”

  I have commented before that having Shakespeare’s history plays, of Roman and English leaders, I do not need much more to understand history and politics.  A month or so back, we saw a new play, All the Way, at … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Henry VI, Part 1

If Shakespeare wrote poorly, Henry VI, Part 1 would demonstrate this. Harold Bloom (The Invention of the Human) attributed this to Shakespeare cutting his teeth in the theatre, as Henry VI, Part 1 is one of his earlier plays. Possibly, Shakespeare was … Continue reading

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Art of the Gospels, Part 10, Jesus’ Conflict with the Jewish Leaders

The prophecies which Jesus had been making regarding his arrest, death, and resurrection become actions as Passover approaches.  First he must enter Jerusalem.  Triumphal entries of kings was a tradition in Rome.  About 100 hundred triumphal arches were errected in … Continue reading

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Art of the Gospels, Part 9, Jesus’ Ministry Around Perea

Jesus had been performing healing throughout his ministry. At times, people seeking him out appeared more interested in relief from their afflictions than to hear his teaching. These ranged from elimination of life long conditions, such as blindness and not … Continue reading

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Art of the Gospels, Part 8: Jesus’ Ministry in Judea

Jesus and the Gospel writers use metaphorical images throughout the narratives of his life. John opens with the comparison of Jesus to language, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” … Continue reading

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Art of the Gospels, Part 7: Jesus’ Ministry Around Galilee

Jesus had defied physics before, commanding the storm to calm a few episodes back. Two events in this section of Jesus’ ministry should make for great paintings, but I could not find any in the books I have for Rome: … Continue reading

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Art of the Gospels, Part 6, Jesus’ Ministry in Galilee

Jesus expanded his region of teaching to other towns around Galilee.  As he traveled from place to place, teaching at the local temples, he began to accumulate followers.  They brought other people to hear him teach and be healed of … Continue reading

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