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Binge Booking

For the last month I've been wanting to write a post about my new found obsession with audio books.  It wasn't until a few minutes ago that I saw the title to a Huffington Post article ("Stop Binge-Watching and Start Binge-Reading") that I knew I had the perfect title for the post and just decided to make the time and write it! So yeah, audio books.  They are awesome!  It has actually become sort of an addiction.  When I get in the car first thing I do isn't check my mirrors ... it isn't Read more [...]

Book Review: Six Frigates

Wow ... Six Frigates by Ian W. Toll was a marathon read.  And not like a sitting for 26 hours straight never wanting to put the book down.  More of the ... took somewhere near 26 week sto read... Don't get me wrong.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I learned A LOT from the 482 pages of riveting Navy history. It was just a long read.  And it read a bit like a text book much of the time. Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military became Read more [...]

Undecided War

Currently reading "Six Frigates" by Ian W. Toll. Found this passage and believe it is worth repeating. Recalling the [War of 1812] debates, [James Madison] admitted that "it has become impossible to avoid or even delay war," even though "we were not prepared for it." It has been necessary to take the fateful plunge because "it was certain that effective preparations would not take place, whilst the question of war was undecided." You never quite know how the foe will fight until the fists Read more [...]

E-Libraries

What are libraries doing in this age of electronic and i-everything?  It looks like they are keeping up! While I do not know the behind the scenes legalities that the libraries are working with the publishers, I really do like the results.  Libraries have lists of books that can be 'checked out' onto your Kindle/iPhone/iPad/Mac/PC/etc...  You check them out for a certain amount of time and then they are automatically returned. It is as simple as that.  So here's some links to help you get Read more [...]

Decent Men

Here's another excerpt from Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning (amazon): From all this we may learn that there are two races of men in this world, but only these two--the "race" of the decent man and the "race" of the indecent man.  Both are found everywhere; they penetrate into all groups of society.  No group consists entirely of decent or indecent people.  In this sense, no group is of "pure race"--and therefore one occasionally found a decent fellow among the camp guards. The Read more [...]