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The Marching Season

For my readers who are not familiar with the peculiar tribal customs of the north of Ireland, today is the “Glorious Twelfth.” It is the high holy day of the Loyal Orange Lodge (L.O.L.), celebrating the victory of Protestant William of Orange (William III) over the Catholic forces of James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Triumphalist ... Read More »

There Are None So Blind..

According to Jon Trogmartin, medical examiner and board certified neuropathologist, who was in attendance at the autopsy (as pursuant to Florida chapter 406) of the late Terri Schiavo: “Her brain was profoundly atrophied. The brain weighed 615 grams, roughly half of the expected weight of a human brain. This was due to diffused hypoxic ischemic damage. There was massive neuronal ... Read More »

The Road To Wigan Pier

When I was seventeen, I found a paperback copy of George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier at a yard sale. The acid paper of the cheap Signet edition had browned with age and was crumbly to the touch. The drab, gray cover gave the retail price of thirty-five cents, inside the sale price of ten cents was written. No ... Read More »