This year, Halloween, or as I prefer to celebrate Protestant Reformation Day, fell on a Sunday. Whether it is because of the continuing coronavirus fears or because of some latent respect for the church, I saw very few people dressed up for Halloween today. That is completely fine with me. Two years ago, I outlined […]Read more "Happy Protestant Reformation Day 2021"
The Second Death by Peter Tremayne My rating: 4 of 5 stars Peter Tremayne must be using a formula to write Sister Fidelma stories: include one or more of the following elements: 1. New Faith (Christianity) versus Old Faith (pagan/ Druidism);2. Celtic Church versus Roman Church;3. Muman-Laighn-Osraige (who should Osraige pay tribute to);4. Tensions over […]Read more "Review: The Second Death"
As a historian, I am interested in learning more about the past. When I was in middle school, I read a lot of books on the western islands in Greece because I wanted to learn more where the “real” Ithaca was. Why? I had just finished reading The Odyssey for the first time. We know […]Read more "Digging up the Past"
Grant Takes Command by Bruce Catton My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ulysses S. Grant is one of those exceptional individuals and rare generals in American history. He was incredibly humble compared to his colleagues like McClellan, Roscrans, Hooker, and Burnside. Even better, he was much more capable than all of them combined. Perhaps his […]Read more "Review: Grant Takes Command"
Every year until last year, during the Labor Day weekend, Civil War reenactors would take over the Huntington Beach Central Park. They had set up makeshift tents and booths while in costume. Many of them are avid amateur historians: some love that era of American history while others have connections to both sides of the […]Read more "Living History"
What do you think is the toughest time in a day? Some would argue that the most difficult times in a day at the office. Others would say dealing with screaming kids or fighting with your spouse or partner. All that could be true, but I want to point out that being alone with our […]Read more "Thoughts at Twilight"
May 8, 1945 marked the end of the war in Europe 76 years ago. After almost six years of the bloodiest conflict in the 20th century and possibly all human history, German generals signed the instruments of surrender. The world rejoiced and breathed a sigh of relief. The war was not yet over. Not for […]Read more "V-E Day – 76 Years Later"
Today is Good Friday, the day that all Christians gather to remember the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on a cross two thousand years ago. We on this side of history know that there will be a coming resurrection on Sunday. During Holy Week, we are told to ponder the amazing sacrifice and what […]Read more "Who’s Really on Trial?"
In the stress of my new job, there was an auspicious anniversary that I missed last week. On February 23, 1945, the Marines raised the American flag over Mount Suribachi on the tiny Japanese island called Iwo Jima. The iconic photo was possibly one of the most famous pictures of World War 2. This year […]Read more "A Marine Anniversary"
This post took me about 7 years to write. Yes, 7 years. I started thinking about this when I turned 33 years old. This year, I am 40. Forty is a big number. Some say life begins at 40 – when you are financially secure, when you have established your identity and family, when you […]Read more "On Greatness"