Thoughts

Firsts and Lasts

There seems to be something fitting in the relative importance we give to “firsts” and “lasts”. Though the experiential values in the events between these two standards are uniform, or unique depending on the thing, we do tend to place a special emphasis on the bookends.   I suppose that has something to do with our...

Necessary Skills

Barmaids can be interesting people. Typically they have deep histories and disturbing tattoos. Their presence can be both intoxicating and disquieting, depending on one’s sense of vulnerability at the time. When they don’t speak… or choose not to speak… English things become even a bit more mysterious.   A few years ago I found myself on...

Turtle

Last week I subjected you all to a long missive about the decline of the American Republic. This week I have decided to be a little more optimistic and discuss something, frankly, far more critical to us all as individuals: character.   From business, to politics, to law, to the basic interactions between us as people,...

Blog for Artemis: Good Religion

Good Religion

Enough of politics… This season has created division, disparagement, and indigestion.  For today’s blog, let’s talk about something noncontroversial:  religion. A couple of disclaimers just to know where I am coming from:  Some intellectuals detest religion.  They feel it is medieval, codified superstition, coercive and, in the final analysis, just kinda silly. Other intellectuals are extremely...

Artemis Banner for Blog: The French and the Romans

The French Revolution? Over the last few days, I have heard numerous references to the United States undergoing a process similar to that of the events leading up to the French Revolution.  God, help us if that is true.  The years following the French Revolution were anything but sanguine for the French people. Fortunately, I think the...