For me the firing or resignation of General Flynn from his National Security post has puzzled me. Recently a search string rekindled that bemusement leading to my learning about a book the general wrote “Field of Fight:..” from which according to an online excerpt of his book suggests the importance of getting into the mind … More

Impressions

Some years ago I examined paintings in Italy, France and England to observe how painting styles had changed from Roman times to the 20’th century. Ancient and medieval wall paintings were elements of architecture that enhanced buildings with images of heroes and actors in religious stories. In the renaissance paintings  in frames diminished paintings’ architectural … More Impressions

Java, Genesis, Insurance

I’ve been reading Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism. This morning a television  news item announced the death of a 146 year old man,our planets oldest person, in a Java village: I couldn’t help but think of the hundreds of years long life spans of most of the major figures in the book of “Genesis”.Doubtless – … More Java, Genesis, Insurance

Nations of Immigrants

All nations with written histories are nations of immigrants. Roman Italy in prose and poetry was depicted as a nation of settlers from Troy, ancient Greece and immigrants from Gall. In post-Roman Italy,  German, French, Norman, Hungarian, and Spanish immigrants fashioned its present population. Britain is also a nation of immigrants comprising Danes, ancient Germany’s … More Nations of Immigrants

America, Europe, the Pacific and Energy

Consternation about America’s, President Trump’s sympathies for  Russia and Mr. Putin never includes mention of Russia’s and America’s cordial relationship in outer space. And though history means nothing in this age of math, science, surveys and unplagerized copy-cat online news headers,  before the 1917 Russian revolution Russia and the U.S.’s relationship seemed more in line … More America, Europe, the Pacific and Energy

Free Trade, Tariffs and the Income Tax

Rereading about the history of  England in the 19’th century, I was reminded of the beginnings of that now famous economic cry “free trade” as imports free of tariffs produced a financial  loss to England’s treasury which  had to be made up by new sources of government income such as the now ubiquitous income tax.