Category Archives: Jottings

The Choices We Make Determine the True Nature of Our Character

Every nation has a history and an era that defines that the  nation; when the people of that nation think of themselves, that moment of glory is how they think of themselves as a member of that nation. For England, the … Continue reading

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It began innocently enough. Ian Marks started collecting sorority and fraternity pins. Not being a collector myself, I don’t really get it. My theme is more decluttering and simplifying. Collections of stuff mainly make dusting harder. But I bear no … Continue reading

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Mikhail Khodorkovsky and America’s Freedom Agenda

This is a fascinating article by one of the most insightful columnists in the English speaking world, Caroline Glick. Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the richest man in Russia, until he thought he could challenge Vladimir Putin for the leadership of Russia … Continue reading

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Cowboy Wisdom…Words to Take to Heart

If you look at the top of my blog, you will see a tab, titled “Cowboy Wisdom.” I urge you to read through this…there is some wisdom, and a lot of humorous observations that will give you a laugh, and … Continue reading

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Getting Back On That Horse

There is a stretch of land, in Western Oklahoma called the ‘Staked Planes,” or, in the original, Plano Estacado. It was supposedly named by the Spanish Explorer, Cortez, because it was so incredibly flat that he had to mark his … Continue reading

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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged is a book by philosopher Ayn Rand, the founder of the intellectual school known as objectivism. In her own words, Objectivism is ‘the concept of Man as a heroic being, with his own happiness being his moral purpose … Continue reading

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Fragment of a Bill Merrit Story

I wrote this a long while ago, when I thought I could be a writer. I kind of like it…but it never went anyplace: It is 1863, and we (James and me) have been in the army for, oh, almost … Continue reading

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