To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen E. Ambrose

“Extremes to the right and to the left of any political dispute are always wrong.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower No one can ever truly be unbiased.  It goes against everything that makes us human.  But objectivity is a skill that can be learned and applied.  It's one of the best assets in the toolbox of … Continue reading To America: Personal Reflections of an Historian by Stephen E. Ambrose

The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills by Patrick Rogers

When somebody says "living architecture," I immediately have visions of Tolkien's Middle-Earth, specifically Lothlórien.  I'm fascinated by that sort of thing for a variety of reasons that I never thought probable.  For author and conservationist Patrick Rogers, it means truly living bridges -- botanical architecture -- and it means travelling to the remote jungles of … Continue reading The Green Unknown: Travels in the Khasi Hills by Patrick Rogers

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

It would be difficult to argue against the idea that when it comes to the modern world, Dan Rather has had an up close and personal look at whichever topic you want to discuss, from virtually every angle you can discuss it.  Politics, war, peace, natural disaster, social and environmental engineering... he's seen it all, … Continue reading What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism by Dan Rather and Elliot Kirschner

Why We Don’t Suck and How All of Us Need to Stop Being Partisan Little Bitches by Dr. Denis Leary

This book is actually two books that slide one into the other.  The first book is what the title says it is: a locked and loaded, tell-it-like-it-is kick in the pants to both "left-wing snowflakes and right-wing nutjobs."  And in the view of Dr. Denis Leary, there is no middle ground.  Both sides are wrong, … Continue reading Why We Don’t Suck and How All of Us Need to Stop Being Partisan Little Bitches by Dr. Denis Leary

What is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel

Sometimes we can discover a weird but special relationship a person can have to certain music that affects us on levels that maybe we were never consciously aware.  Sometimes those lines of connections make the songs even more special than they were before. I grew up on early rock and roll.  I was raised on Elvis Presley, … Continue reading What is It All but Luminous: Notes from an Underground Man by Art Garfunkel

Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life by Christopher Reeve

Maybe I'm biased. Like so many others like me, Christopher Reeve has been a role model for me since Superman first hit the big screen. As I grew up, I got to learn about the man behind the Man of Steel, and his "can do" attitude continued to inspire. Between the accident that left him … Continue reading Nothing is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life by Christopher Reeve