Category Archives: Books

How Fascism Works (Review)

Many voters and political observers have noticed an ever-expanding trend of authoritarianism in the United States and in several other nations. Several of these observers have drawn parallels between the current state of affairs and the rise of fascism and … Continue reading

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The Night Tommy Swanson Died (Review)

My expectations about YouTuber Jack Merridew’s third short book were spot on. The book is a macabre commentary on growing up gay in America. The Night Tommy Swanson Died is a more eloquent offering than his first book Fireworks Over … Continue reading

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Thoughts About Anti-Intellectualism (Commentary)

Have you ever wondered why so many people in the West, especially in America, are proud of not knowing science, mathematics, civics, and philosophy? It’s gotten to the point where ignorance of facts has become some sort of virtue. To … Continue reading

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Embrace Being Ordinary

Today is an ordinary day of the week in the middle of an ordinary month, in an ordinary season. Hopefully, it will be an ordinary year in my ordinary town in the middle of the nation. Some folks might interpret … Continue reading

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It’s Self-University Week

Nearly every time our family dropped by to visit grandma and grandpa Johnson, grandpa was engrossed in reading. Most of the time it was a non-fiction book about a topic of current interest or a technical book about something he … Continue reading

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Bossiness

There is a fine line that separates assertiveness from bossiness. We think of assertiveness as a positive, helpful type of behavior that exudes a person’s confidence. Bossiness is an abrasive mode of behavior that is characterized by domination and ordering … Continue reading

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My Summer Of 1965

Southeastern Nebraska has very humid summers. Granted, they’re probably not as muggy as those in the Deep South or in the tropics, but summers in Lincoln can feel stultifying to some folks. When we kids became overheated from riding bikes, … Continue reading

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