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Tales From the Great White North

Traveling the Great White North is not all back bacon and beer. Canada is our older more sensible brother on the continent. Traveling the Great Lakes teaches perspective.

  • Posted: July 16, 2019

The Making of an Apostle

Peter knew Jesus for three years, but it was on the shores of Galilee that he really came to know Him.

  • Posted: April 15, 2019

The Denver Post – Biased?

The Denver Teacher’s Strike and other stories – the past week in the Denver Post.

  • Posted: February 18, 2019

We Three Kings of Orient Are

Christmas is here. The sacred and the secular mix in a swirling stew. Everyone has an angle, don’t you know?

  • Posted: December 17, 2018

In Search of Moonbeams and Unicorn Breath

It is getting increasingly difficult to separate reality from make believe. We have been seduced, not that we put up much of a fight. But the sweet nothings our lover whispers into our ear get increasingly hard to believe.

  • Posted: August 22, 2018

The Big Horn Debacle

George Custer had a lot in common with many project managers I have worked for.

  • Posted: June 27, 2018

Science & the First Energy Crisis

The United States is about free enterprise until it isn’t. But the free market works anyway.

  • Posted: January 18, 2018

A Virgin Will be with Child

In times of trouble we seek a sign from God. There was a man who refused to seek a sign from God.

  • Posted: December 16, 2017

Love & the New York Times

American values & the New York Times – Is that an oxymoron?

  • Posted: November 30, 2017

Hunting Unicorns

Building pipelines isn’t just splashing through mud holes on the right of way in your jeep. You get to hunt unicorns too.

  • Posted: February 23, 2017
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    The Twelfth Department
    By William Ryan

    What happens when we forget, or never bothered to learn, what we believe in and why we believe? What happens when the emotional whirls of Facebook and Twitter are the depths of our understanding? Evil, great evil, is regularly found lurking in the unexamined depths of good intentions. Mathew Arnold put our present political climate in memorable words years ago:

    And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night

    Novels, good stories, provide a lens to see life, including our beliefs, without camouflage. As an example, JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the finest Bible commentaries ever written. Progressive political ideals may lack in recent electoral success, but have undisputed possession of today’s moral high ground. And while death and taxes may be the only sure bets, the eventual victory of those holding the high ground have very good odds in any battle.
    And so fiction provides a look at eventual victories. There is no question that the outlines of today’s progressive agenda can be clearly seen in other times and places. William Ryan takes us to a time and place fondly imagined, idealized at the time, by the forefather’s of todays progressive leadership. In The Twelfth Department, we see a police captain in 1930’s Moscow. Captain Alexei Korolev is just a man trying to be a good father, a good citizen, a good police officer. In many ways Alexei is a fortunate man, with a good reputation and many more material advantages than the average citizen. But a high profile murder brings him into ambiguous circumstances. The tone of the book is respectful of life in Moscow, with no axes to grind. It is just a portrait of a man trying to do his job, bringing a gruesome killer to justice, among ordinary human beings seeking only to live normal lives in a progressive paradise.

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