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Addison (1672–1719) was an English essayist, poet, playwright, and politician, and the co-founder of The Spectator magazine in 1711. Yep: they had magazines in 1711.

Plato Speaks

Think before you speak. Plato (c425–c350 BC) was a Greek philosopher and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. He is widely considered the most pivotal figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition. Unlike nearly all of his philosophical contemporaries, Plato’s entire … See the Meme

The Hotel’s Advice

I took this photo: I saw it on the wall at the last hotel I stayed at (in Tooele, Utah). Seriously? Someone thought this was useful advice? (“Use stairs, not elevator” might be helpful, but this?!)

Memorial Day Reminder

Memorial Day is the day set aside to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. It’s the day that living veterans pay tribute to those who didn’t come back from war, and on this day, they’d rather you remember the fallen, not them. Be sure to see last year’s post too.

Fun Fact: Patriotism

“To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontaneous instead of a compulsory routine is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds. We can have intellectual individualism and the rich cultural diversities that we owe to exceptional minds only at the price of … See the Meme

An Important Lesson

Photo: The 16th President with his youngest son, Tad (1864), educating him with the laptop of his time. (I could have sworn this one was already on this site, and was surprised when I didn’t find it. Well, it’s certainly a classic, and it’s here now! Have never seen it with this photo, always with just … See the Meme

Alternative Realities

Giving the commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute (May 16, 2018), Tillerson warned that democracy in America is threatened by a “growing crisis in ethics and integrity.” “If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders in both the public and private sector … See the Meme

Orwell on Thinking

It’s Orwell Week (#3 of 3) George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic best known for the novella Animal Farm (1945), and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Obviously, the term “Orwellian” – descriptive of totalitarian or authoritarian social practices – refers to his writing. He himself … See the Meme

Orwell on Alternative Facts

It’s Orwell Week (#2 of 3) George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic best known for the novella Animal Farm (1945), and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Despite having spoken on BBC radio many, many times, no recordings of Orwell’s voice are known to exist. That … See the Meme

Orwell on Freedom

It’s Orwell Week (#1 of 3) George Orwell was a pen name for Eric Arthur Blair (1903–1950), an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic best known for the novella Animal Farm (1945), and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949). Orwell understood policing. In 1922 Blair took a position as a police officer in Burma. A colleague there recalled … See the Meme