Review – Catilina’s Riddle

Catilina’s Riddle by Steven Saylor My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this book in 1998 when I was taking a first year Latin class at the University of Chicago. As our Latin vocabulary grew, we started to read excerpts from famous Roman authors in the original language. Cicero’s Against Catilina was one of […]

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Review: Blue at the Mizzen

Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O’Brian My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Aubrey/ Maturin saga has ended. It is a time of peace (sort of). The Napoleonic War is over and so the War of 1812. In 1816, the Royal Navy is the master of the oceans. However, Jack has been recruited to […]

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Begin Again… And Again

This is the last week of 2021 and what a year it has been. For some, 2021 began with hope; out with a controversial president and in – with another controversial president. The race riots were over but the aftermath – not so much. There was a riot in the US Capitol which changed how […]

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Christmas Love

In my previous post Bad Christmases, I discussed why Christmas can leave us so empty before, during, and after – how we are chasing good feelings and nostalgia. Unfortunately, reality bites us hard – a missing family member, ruined meals, fights and/or abuse, and a sad reminder that New Year’s Day is around the corner. […]

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Bad Christmases

If you see the title, yes, it’s plural. I don’t think I have had a good Christmas since 2017 or maybe even 2016. Last year was the pandemic, race riots, a contentious American presidential election, and no real hope in sight. In 2019, I was at the tail end of getting a dental implant and […]

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The Humble King

This is the first week of Advent and I have to admit that it sneaked up on me this year. There I was in church yesterday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when my pastor said: “We are taking a break from our Matthew series to celebrate the first week of Advent. The theme is Sent.” Huh. […]

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Happy Thanksgiving 2021!

As I write this, Thanksgiving Thursday is almost over. Our family had a luncheon this year with my cousin and her husband and a newly hired pastor at my mother’s church and his family. Although the pandemic is not quite over, everyone feels like it is safe again to have larger gatherings. The better news […]

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