Naut's Thoughts

Sunday, July 9, 2017

What's in a name?

Jihad takes many forms… Most people think of jihad as a term describing Muslim violence commited in the name of Islam, but it really covers any struggle in the advance of the cause. And as is often pointed out by apologists, it really does refer to inner struggles as well, the individual’s striving... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 7, 2017

I know reading books is going out of style…

It’s an issue Neil Postman already addressed back in the ‘80s, particularly in his books (yeah, books!) The Disappearance of Childhood, Amusing Ourselves to Death, and also The End of Education, published in ’95. If you haven’t read them, do so… Here is another book I recommend highly, although I... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Hamburg again…

Some of you may remember the account of my trip to Europe, particularly Hamburg, earlier this year. Well, the city is in the news again, although her citizen’s aren’t all that thrilled. My friends L and J have both left town – L has gone sailing in Spain, and J, who’s not into sailing, has retreated... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A HAPPY AND SAFE F OURTH OF JULY TO ALL AMERICANS! Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, July 3, 2017

We do have serious problems…

In the past, mostly in passing and when commenting somewhere, I have occasionally expressed my dislike of Facebook – I have said you’ll never see my face there. What I haven’t expressed before is my disdain for Mark Zuckerberg, FB’s multi-billionaire mogul. My disdain is based on the fact (well... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 30, 2017

T.l.m.b.w.a.c…Part IV

Well, more comments to deal with… First of all a big THANK YOU to GM, who saved me from doing a lot of typing. I had made a mental note to myself to address the fact that all the ‘nasty stuff’ is found only in the Old Testament, not the New one! GM covered that very well, and also the fact that,... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

T.l.m.b.w.a.c…Part III

So much for the title – saves some typing, LOL… Today I shall take up an ‘extensive comment’ by BC, the one who, in a sense, got the ball rolling on this series by one of her earlier comments. Her ‘extensive comment’ is actually a post, and it’s a post that impressed me on several levels. I am... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Today let me begin with a comment…Part II

The title no longer fits – but I’ll keep it for the sake of continuity… I shall, however, address the comments to Part I, which did show something of interest – namely the difficulty people have in discarding notions of ‘war’ we have become accustomed to more or less forever. Let me repeat part of a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Today let me begin with a comment…Part I

Mind you, this is not one of my usual, if infrequent, Response-to-Comments posts, when I try to deal with a variety of interesting comments by several readers. And as I continued, I began to realize it would be rather lengthy once again, so I am chopping it into bite-sized chunks… Bon appetit I’m... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Leopold Bloom’s Sandwich – a BC Special…

The other day I briefly wrote about my Bloomsday ritual – having that Gorgonzola sandwich for lunch the fictional Leopold Bloom’s had on June 16, 1904 at a very real place – Davy Byrne’s at 21 Duke Street in Dublin, a pub quite familiar to James Joyce. But there was some consternation... Wrote BC: “... Sign in to see full entry.

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