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The Man who Tilted at Literary Windmills

Miguel de Cervantes (September 20, 1547 OS – April 22, 1616 NS) On this day in 1605, Miguel de Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote is first published. It’s hard to believe it was so long ago. Cervantes claimed to have written … Continue reading

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Are We All Playing on The Devil’s Team?

Even Sidney Poitier Made Mistakes* It’s a tricky thing, reviewing our lives. If we’re brutally honest with ourselves, it can be devastating. A dissertation on the nature of man, for your edification. You realize that a tiger, following its nature, … Continue reading

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The Man who Wrote The Faerie Queene

Edmund Spenser (d. January 13, 1599) William Blake thought that Edmund Spenser was the precursor of John Milton. I wonder… Since we don’t know exactly when Spenser was born, we can only rely upon his death details. The connections between … Continue reading

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Now, I Wasn’t Expecting This Connection:

John Milton (December 9, 1608 – November 8, 1674) By now, I should know better. But, honestly, the highlights of history are sometimes too much to experience firsthand. So, intervening years and lives make the connections more real. John Milton … Continue reading

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The Author who Shared the Remains of an Age with Us

Kazuo Ishiguro (November 9, 1954) Long before “Downton Abbey” the recent past in England was explored by Kazuo Ishiguro in his book “The Remains of the Day” in 1989. By 1993, this book was adapted into a film, starring Anthony … Continue reading

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All About Time: The Film Writer/Director who Is…

Robert Zemeckis (May 14, 1952) We watched “The Polar Express” last night (again), but this time in a six-seater private screening room. What a difference from the cinema version and/or a TV broadcast… Most of the film takes place between … Continue reading

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Last of the Great Russian Christian Mystics

Leo Tolstoy (September 9, 1828 – November 20, 1910) Ian, from our Faith & Science group, sent me links to pdf copies of two of Leo Tolstoy‘s books on the Gospels. Ian also copied out the Preface to “The Gospel … Continue reading

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A Man about 150 Years Ahead of His Time

Oscar Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) Today is Oscar Wilde‘s 167th birthday. He didn’t live to a ripe old age, dying at 46 years, broken and alone. Is there a lesson in this story? Of course, only … Continue reading

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“Owl’s Talons Clenching My Heart”

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) We watched a short documentary about this tortured soul‘s short life two nights ago. She was too far ahead as a feminist in the 1950’s to stay unaffected by society’s pressures … Continue reading

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And Then the Line Suddenly Doubles…

Some Reincarnational Timelines (Part 2) Before William Blake had died, a new ‘branch’ of my spiritual tree was growing, which then confuses the traditional understanding of reincarnation. Phineas Quimby was born. Quite rightly, these two are connected, but is it … Continue reading

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