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Never Say Die: Lessons From Michael Walsh’s ‘Last Stands’
Throughout history, men with their backs to the wall have time and again fought against overwhelming odds rather than surrender to their enemies. Why do they die battling to the ...
January 20, 2021
Book Review: ‘Mob Rule’: Is This Our Future?
“The two most dangerous things in the world today are sincere ignorance and conscious stupidity,” Dr. Martin Luther ...
January 15, 2021
More Dante Now, Please! (Part 4): The Road of Repentance
This is the fourth and final article in this particular Dante series. We remember that we read Dante ...
January 7, 2021
Some Lessons From Thornton Wilder’s ‘Our Town’
Around the age of 55, I discovered I could no longer trust myself to read certain poems to ...
January 5, 2021
Wholesome Life Lessons for All in ‘On the Art of Writing’ by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch
Last year, while thumbing through books in my local thrift shop, I stumbled upon an intriguing book called ...
December 23, 2020
Selling Our Souls: Lessons From ‘The Devil and Daniel Webster’
America sports a pantheon of folk heroes, picturesque inventions of the imagination or real-life celebrities made mythical by ...
December 17, 2020
More Dante Now, Please! (Part 3): Let Beauty Begin
In our last article, we saw how the issue of human free will played out in Dante’s Hell. ...
December 11, 2020
Winter Poems, a Dark Season, and the Power of Verse
Poets often celebrate the beauty of the four seasons in their verse or employ them as emblems, symbols ...
December 9, 2020
Book Review: ‘The Three Cs That Made America Great: Christianity, Capitalism, and the Constitution’
At this moment in history, let’s remind ourselves of all we stand to lose if we turn away ...
December 6, 2020
Book Review: ‘Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy’: The Healing Power of Love
Every so often a careless gesture can end up becoming, in hindsight, quite a happy accident. So it ...
December 2, 2020
Jules Maigret: The Common Man’s Hero
French publisher Librairie Arthème Fayard introduced the world to Jules Maigret, an inspector with Paris’s Brigade Criminelle, with ...
December 1, 2020
More Dante Now, Please! (Part 2): Let’s Hear It for Free Will!
In Part 1 of this article, we spoke of the importance of young minds being exposed to great ...
November 25, 2020
Rediscovering the Art of Poetry
There is something magical about a well-written poem. Using nothing more than ink on paper, one can experience ...
November 13, 2020
‘The Birth-Mark’: An Allegory for Our Time
The plot of the short story is simple. Aylmer, a scientist, marries the beautiful Georgiana, whose face bears ...
November 11, 2020
Book Review: ‘One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History’
“Equal Justice Under Law”: These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ...
November 1, 2020
Old Men, Stout Hearts: Some Perspectives in Verse
When I shop at Martin’s, our local grocery store here in Front Royal, Virginia, I am often struck ...
October 21, 2020
Truth Tellers: Leo Tolstoy, in Love With Truth
“The hero of my tale, whom I love with all the power of my soul, who is, was, ...
October 17, 2020
The Great Detective Fought the Anarchists
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930) was never a fan of his most popular creation, the so-called great detective ...
October 10, 2020
The Ambassador of Good Fiction: ‘Anxious People’ by Fredrik Backman
Reading “Anxious People” reminded me why I became such a huge admirer of Swedish novelist Fredrik Backman. He ...
October 7, 2020
Fred J. Eckert
Book Lists: What Our Students Are Reading and Why It Matters
So there I was at the Outer Banks of North Carolina late this summer, ensconced like a prince ...
October 3, 2020
Delightful Dispatches From a Small Maine City
Happening upon “The Detective in the Dooryard: Reflections of a Maine Cop” by Timothy Cotton is like discovering ...
September 29, 2020
Fred J. Eckert
Book Review: ‘Charter Schools and Their Enemies’
Despite having worked for 45 years in the public school system exclusively, I believe strongly in school choice. ...
September 27, 2020
Book Review: ‘Classical Architecture and Monuments of Washington, D.C.: A History & Guide’
When life is chaotic, we often return home for respite. We may look to our family, faith, and ...
September 23, 2020
Book Review: ‘The Wild and Twisted Branch’
“The Wild and Twisted Branch” is a factual account of Stavros Metropoulos, a farmer and businessman who endured ...
September 20, 2020
George E. Kontis
Parlez-Vous Français? Americans and Foreign Languages
Man of letters Samuel Johnson once remarked, “Depend on it, sir, when a man knows he is to ...
September 16, 2020
God’s Detective: The Everlasting Goodness of Father Brown
When British journalist Gilbert Keith (G.K.) Chesterton began writing his Father Brown detective stories around 1910, the genre ...
September 11, 2020
Emily Dickinson Is the Unlikely Hero of Our Time
Since her death in 1886, Emily Dickinson has haunted us in many forms. She has been the precocious ...
September 9, 2020
Growing Number of Dems Pushing Schumer to Reject GOP Leader’s Appeal to Keep Senate Filibuster
1776 Commission Chairman: The Founding Principles Offer the Only Hope of National Unity
YouTube Deletes Portion of ‘Dislikes’ From Biden Videos, Says It’s Spam
Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Reverse Trump Twitter Decision
Experts Warn of ‘Devastating’ Economic Impact of Rejoining Paris Climate Accord
Top Trump Adviser Jason Miller Talks About Trump’s Future Plans
Shanghai Announces New CCP Virus Outbreak, Including Hospital Workers
Beijing Building Military Drones to Rival US in War, Leaked File Shows
GOP Reps Condemn Keystone Cancellation as Dems Stay Silent
Official Presidential Library for Trump Comes Online, Highlights Impeachments