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Missive #180 Published 19 December 2023

Since 1960, Wendell Berry (b. 1934) has produced one of the most substantial and consistently thematic bodies of work of any modern American writer. In more than fifty books in various genres-novels, short stories, poems, and essays-he has celebrated a life lived in close communion with neighbors and the earth and has addressed many of our most urgent cultural maladies. His collections of essays urge us to think and act responsibly as members of a community-both human and natural. Volumes of his poems seek to wed us to nature and realign our vision with its mysteries. If you have any interest in reading what Wendell Berry has written I think this book would be a great place to start. In it you will find what his focus is and decide if that is something you wish to read about more.

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Missive #179 Published 18 December 2023

The Pyrates is George MacDonald Fraser's tongue-in-cheek homage to the swashbucklers of yore. In these rollicking pages you'll find tall ships and desert islands; impossibly gallant adventurers and glamorous heroines; devilishly sinister cads and ghastly dungeons; improbably acrobatic duels and hair's-breadth escapes; and more plot twists than you can shake a rapier at. A deliriously entertaining combination of high-seas action-adventure and comic hi-jinx.

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Missive #178 Published 17 December 2023

Continuing The Federalist Papers.

Federalist No. 10
The Same Subject Continued: The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection
Author: James Madison
To the People of the State of New York:

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Missive #177 Published 15 December 2023


No other national park unit in the nation can tell the story of human history in North America as Pecos can; and no other park can do so with the aid of such an attractive landscape... Everywhere I went in the park, I ran into beauty and intrigue.

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Missive #176 Published 14 December 2023

There is more to this latest volume in the""Mainstream of America"" Series (Lewis Gannett, Editor) than is indicated by the subtitle: The Settling of the Eastern Shores, 1607-1735. As is proper, the author, a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and author of four similar studies, writes of time and place, problems and personalities, in the early American settlements on the Atlantic seaboard, but gives as well a sense of the first stirrings of nationality, of future independence, of which the settlers were barely aware.

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Missive #175 Published 12 December 2023

This is what I would call a coffee table book that was originally published as an online book in 2012. There is very little text however the 140 photographs do have captions. Some of them are interesting others not so much.

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Missive #174 Published 10 December 2023

Continuing The Anti-Federalist Papers

Agrippa IX
by James Winthrop
To the People

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Missive #173 Published 8 December 2023


This is the first book shown in the site tab 'My Work'. I have been reading Courtney White's essays that can be found in the tab 'My Story' and have now started reading his books; both of those tabs are found on his website. This one and the next on the the 'Work' tab are more pictorial books versus a narrative although this one did have some written explanations.

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Missive #172 Published 7 December 2023

This book was published almost 30 years ago with the author predicting what was going to happen over the next 10 to 40 years. A lot of what he thought was going to happen has come to pass. An interesting read although I think the race wars will be driven by 'elites' hiring racial groups to do their fighting for them. Time will tell.

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Missive #171 Published 5 December 2023

The second volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume 2 chronicles the history of ancient Greek civilization. Here Durant tells the whole story of Greece, from the days of Crete's vast Aegean empire to the final extirpation of the last remnants of Greek liberty, crushed under the heel of an implacably forward-marching Rome.

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