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Falling Leaves and “Of Mice and Men”

Today all the leaves got undressed in our yard and expected me to pick up after them.  And let me tell you, it looked like those trees had invited their friends and relatives to do the same - a variable... Continue Reading →

The Temptation of Freedom: Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Postscript

Running thematically throughout Shakespeare's The Tempest is the desire for freedom and how this desire might be incorporated into a just and stable political community. Ariel, Caliban, and even Miranda, for instance, all seek in their own ways to be... Continue Reading →

The Tempest of My Heart: Shakespeare and Home Renovations

I am not a patient person. I hate waiting. I hate the wasted time involved in running errands. Relaxing is not a skill I desire nor one which I posses. Patience is no virtue. And whoever said that was a... Continue Reading →

Mastering Freedom: Masters of Sex and American Regime

Last week, the good people, or good person, Joseph Parry, at Rowman and Littlefield asked if I would guest blog for them about a current television series. Here's what I had to say about Showtime's Masters of Sex. (Check out the... Continue Reading →

The Comedy of Democracy: Thanksgiving with Hegel

Cooking a large Thanksgiving meal, I believe, is a complicated affair.  Everyone who does it tells me it is and seeing all the dirty dishes at the end of a meal, I fully believe them.  I, however, cannot cook and... Continue Reading →

Dark Horses Of the Soul: Beauty, Plato, and, of course, Christmas

I have a confession.  Last week I went to Home Depot with my partner to get some practical thing like garbage bags, and I had a long moment (20 in fact) with the Christmas lights display.  I had a number... Continue Reading →

Comedy of Justice: James Lee Burke’s “The Jealous Kind”

I have a ridiculous beast of a dog.  Everything about him is kind of ludicrous. For instance, he is really big (132 pounds big) and his body is so long that it takes his butt a while to catch up... Continue Reading →

About Love: David Adams Richards, Infinity and Eternity

  In a terribly sad song, Blake's View, M. Ward speaks about comforting someone who has "lost their one and only." Ward's consolation, that "death is just a door, you'll be reunited on the other side," is sung in such... Continue Reading →

The Sea Was Angry that Day: George Costanza as paraphrased by J.M.W. Turner and M. Ward

In an iconic Seinfeld episode, "The Marine Biologist," George Costanza becomes the unlikely salvation of a whale whose blowhole is obstructed by a golf ball. As George famously says, "The sea was angry that day, my friends - like an old... Continue Reading →

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