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School Boards and Mama Bears

School boards are a local election. Who do we vote for and how do we know?

  • Posted: November 1, 2021

Looking for a Ground to Stand On

Sooner or later, we all need to be grounded. If we don’t do it, the Universe will do it for us.

  • Posted: October 22, 2021

Looking for Meaning

Where does a man find meaning in his days as he grows old?

  • Posted: September 21, 2021

I Can’t Get No Satisfaction

Despite its absence in our nation’s capitol, leadership is alive and well. It can be found everywhere, coming in surprising variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

  • Posted: September 8, 2021

A Conundrum in Colorado

In a volatile mix of property development, sea turtles, natural gas and the US Forest Service, entropy has the last laugh.

  • Posted: August 14, 2021

Pride & Dismay

Watching my granddaughter’s commencement speech, I felt close to my grandparent’s extended family back in the “old country”.

  • Posted: July 20, 2021

A City on a Hill – II

America is that most dangerous of nations – a nation founded upon an ideal.

  • Posted: July 7, 2021

Memories of My Father

Father’s Day – A day to honor the Dad we love and yet know so little about.

  • Posted: June 18, 2021

A Camouflaged Truth

Can you see the deer in the image? Maybe you can see the truth about Covid.

  • Posted: May 28, 2021

Easter Reflection

The invisible Americans —

  • Posted: April 13, 2021
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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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