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Missive #296 Published 16 June 2024

Continuing The Federalist Papers.

Federalist No. 23
The Necessity of a Government as Energetic as the One Proposed to the Preservation of the Union
Author: Alexander Hamilton
To the People of the State of New York:

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Missive #295 Published 15 June 2024

This may have been promoted as the final installment to the Saxon Tales but there was another book published. I'll get around to reading it soon but it is promoted as "completes his epic Last Kingdom series with this companion book featuring three exclusive short stories and sixty recipes that bring Uhtred’s world to life as never before."

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Missive #294 Published 14 June 2024


Over time, Nasruddin had become famous for his wisdom and learning. As a result people came from near and far to ask him questions.

“I have a question, Nasruddin!” one visitor said. “Why is it that people choose to follow so many different paths in life instead of following the one true path?”

“It’s actually for the good of the world that everyone follows their own path,” Nasruddin replied. “Just imagine: if everyone followed the same path and ended up at the same destination, the world would lose its balance, tip over, and we would all plunge into the abyss.”

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Missive #293 Published 11 June 2024

I think this is the last of Twain's travel books. I have enjoyed them all but this one did not have as much of his celebrated humor in it as the book promo claims. Over the years I have read Twain's fiction and did not particularly care for it but he has a lot of other nonfiction that I do plan on reading.

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Missive #292 Published 9 June 2024

Continuing The Anti-Federalist Papers

Brutus III
The Apportionment of Members Among the States
by Robert Yates
To the Citizens of the State of New-York

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Missive #291 Published 8 June 2024

The Swords of the Horseclans is the second novel in the Horseclans Series by Robert Adams, published in 1975. The book is set in a post-apocalyptic world and follows the story of a group of survivors who form a clan and use swords to defend themselves against other groups. The novel is part of the series, which explores themes of survival, community, and the struggle for power in a harsh new world.

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Missive #290 Published 7 June 2024


Nasruddin was chopping wood one day, working up quite a sweat. Finally he got so hot that he took off his turban and hung it carefully on a tree branch.

Then, without warning, an enormous eagle came swooping down from the sky and snatched Nasruddin’s turban.

“Hey, that bird took my turban!” Nasruddin shouted as the eagle soared away up into the sky.

Then he sighed. “Well, I wish he hadn’t taken my turban, but I suppose it’s all for the best. If I hadn’t taken off my turban just in time, the eagle would have carried me away too!”

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Missive #289 Published 4 June 2024

This book concludes the Canaan Crime trilogy. Usually it doesn't make much difference in what order you read a trilogy but in this case this third book is a sequel and the two prior books are best read first. A good mystery, as were the prior two. The author has some stand alone books that I have now added to my To Read List.

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Missive #288 Published 2 June 2024

Continuing The Federalist Papers

Federalist No. 22
The Same Subject Continued: Other Defects of the Present Confederation
Author: Alexander Hamilton
To the People of the State of New York:

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Missive #287 Published 1 June 2024

This is another one of Huxley's ‘fusing idea with story’ which I'm guessing was to be his continued writing style. The book would have been about half as long without his philosophy. I could have possibly enjoyed the book more if he had provided translations for all the French and Latin that was his wont to quote.

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