Historical

The Struggle

The Struggle

I walked down the long, marbled hall dimly lit by the overhead chandeliers.  Every six feet or so an ornate alcove was built into the walls, each holding a pedestaled marble bust of transcendent military leaders dating from antiquity.  Walking down this hallway was both inspirational and foreboding.     Some of these leaders, such as Genghis Khan,...

Á mes amis en France, merci!

Á mes amis en France, merci!

Á mes amis en France, merci!     On Sunday the 12th of October something seismic happened.     These things do happen from time to time, but you have to look for them.  Sometimes they are immediately apparent; sometimes, upon reflection, we can see that a particular event was an inflection point.     Back during President Trump’s first presidential campaign… (the one...

The Young Turks

When I was in college, I had the distinct pleasure of taking Western Civilization I and II with Dr. David Harnett.     I idolized the man.     It was not just his expansive knowledge of Western History, but his style… and style he had in spades.     His suits were perfect, his cufflinks gleamed, and each time he walked into the...

Edward Won Sik Sunu

This last week has been, well… a “week” for my family.   Last Wednesday (as you were hopefully reading the blog), Sandy, Carolyn, Chaney and I, along with Sandy’s extended family, were at Rose Hills Cemetery laying Sandy’s father to rest.   I want to talk about her father, my father-in-law, and the girls’ grandfather, in a bit because...

Holocaust Deniers, Debate, and Gun Laws?

“I will not debate any Holocaust Denier.”   These were the words of Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of religious studies at Emory University and an expert on the effects the Holocaust has had on modern Jews.   This seems reasonable. Those who have made a cottage industry of denying the Holocaust ever occurred are typically animated by a commingling...

Code Duello

My good friend, Dan Gwaltney, joined me on my last sojourn to West Point. Since he had never been there before, Chaney and I decided to give him the platinum tour, so to speak. It started off at the West Point Visitors’ Center and then we went to the West Point Museum to see some...

The Queen

We have certain characters… fictional characters… who have acted as proxy guides and, in some cases, guardian angels as we traverse the decades of our lives. Role models, and we absolutely need role models, help us to understand the amorphous goals of what we want to become. Sometimes these are purely career related; sometimes they...