CLASSIC MUSIC–TWO REVIEWS

TOSCANINI CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN'S NINTH SYMPHONY and the MISSA SOLEMNIS Beethoven was on a roll. He'd been through a fallow patch in which...

Christmas and the three Isaiahs

Reading the book of Isaiah is particularly apropos during the Christmas Holidays, since it has so much to say about the coming of the...

The Last Nomad

Normally, I read books about constitutional law, history, and biographies of historical people. However, I was in the mood for something...

Can Prayer Change the World?

Book Review: Christian Science in East Germany: The Church that Came In from the Cold, by Gregory W. Sandford Can prayer change the...

A Dish for a Poet

Seasons Greetings, The followings is “A Dish for a Poet” which is read aloud at our house this time each year, and never fails to amuse:...

Old Town

We visited Philadelphia recently, specifically Old Town, that part of the city where the Founding Fathers created the Declaration of...

Travels with George

Book Review: Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy, by Nathaniel Philbrick. I've read countless books about George...

Pastor-in-Chief

The last thing I needed was to read another Lincoln biography. But a Lincoln biography given to me by my brother Charles, continued to...

Steven Spielberg's American Trilogy

Three Movies by Steven Spielberg That Define the American Ideal AMISTAD (1997) – An Independent Judiciary LINCOLN (2012) – Democracy THE...

George Washington, on his birthday

February 22 is George Washington’s birthday. Below is my review of “Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment,” by Pulitzer...

The Progressive Era Presidents

It was the time of the huddled masses, of immigrants, slums and overcrowded cities, of long hours and deplorable working conditions in...

Confessions of a C-Student

I’m speaking with Ruth. We’re at a birthday celebration of a mutual friend. She tells me she didn't start college until she was...

John Jay, on his birthday

December 12th is John Jay’s birthday. As one of the seven most influential founders of our country, Jay’s contributions are not as well...

State of the Union

It’s a memorable scene from a memorable movie. Actor Spencer Tracy—portraying a wealthy industrialist running for president—is looking...

John Adams, on his birthday

October 30 is the birthday of John Adams, our second president. John Adams was one of America’s greatest statesmen--and one of its worst...

The Spirit of Liberty

The influential jurist with the unlikely but appropriate name Learned Hand served as a presiding judge of the Second Circuit Court of...