Introduction and Index

Wreck of the Sea Venture 1609 Samuel Jordan was evidently the first Jordan to settle in English America. Some reports say that Samuel was born in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and his birth year is given as 1575 or 1578.  Samuel was on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda in July 1609. The […]

The Eleventh Commandment

The Eleventh Commandment was a phrase used by Ronald Reagan during his 1966 campaign for Governor of California. The commandment reads: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.  As governor and as President, Reagan generally followed that commandment.  I respected him for it. President Trump has thrown that rule of political conduct out […]

Riots and Revolution?

A month has elapsed since the election, and there remains a boiling undercurrent of uncertainty about the outcome.  Our citizens are divided into the following camps.  Those who believe that Joseph Biden won the election legitimately, and election fraud was minimal.  Biden is their President. Those who believe that there may have been considerable fraud, […]

My Backyard Genius

I have two birdfeeders in my back yard, and I enjoy watching my feathered friends partaking of my largesse.  Squirrels are a problem.  I like them too, but they consume birdseed at a prodigious rate, and I cannot afford to feed the entire squirrel population in my neighborhood. Both my feeders were advertised to be […]

Elections: Electoral Districts

To many of you, the following information will appear rather elementary; but there are others, just as intelligent, who are ill-informed about these things.  This is for you. During the recent election, in addition to choosing a President, Vice President, and a third of our senators, we also elected or reelected all members of the […]

Advent

On Sunday my church hailed the first day of Advent.  As celebrated by churches in the Western tradition, the season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas and is celebrated on each successive Sunday leading up to Christmas. It is an important time in the life of a Christian congregation.  The church is […]

Thoughts on the Election

Results from the recent Presidential election are still being fought out in state legislatures and in the courts.  The role of the legislatures is very important because, as the United States Constitution directs, “each state shall appoint, in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct” the electors that determine who will be President. As […]

A Beautiful Interlude

As I look back at my life, I have so many things for which to be thankful.  Among those things are stored images and memories of times past. In September 1954 I returned from Korea.  I had been overseas or in transit a full 19 months, and my feelings of joy upon returning home are […]

The Kraken

This is the week in which Sidney Powell says she will release the Kraken.  Perhaps it will be today?  She says Friday at the latest. I thought it well to give you some idea of what we might expect. Looks rather fearsome, doesn’t it. Of course, Powell’s enemies and most political pundits say that her […]

Cruising

Ocean cruising is a very popular activity.  Many people love to get on a luxurious cruise ship and set sail for beautiful Caribbean, the Mediterranean, or some other fascinating area. On the ship they are treated to an unending feast of  delicious food, theatrical performances, and a great variety of shipboard activities.   They arrive home […]