The Assault Continues

The war on traditional cultural norms never ceases.  In previous posts I wrote about “LGBT Issues” (Nov 6, 2018) and “The Real War’ (Oct 29, 2019).  Recently, the Democrat controlled House of Representatives put the so-called Equality Act high on its list of priorities, and its effect could be devastating to Christians in America.  In […]

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 is believed to have been on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda […]

Pressure to Convict

I would hate to be a juror in the Chauvin trial. Some members of the mob outside the courtroom are threatening fire and destruction if the jury fails to convict Chauvin.  I do not think Chauvin intended to kill Floyd, and the victim probably died from a drug overdose    I saw a detailed composite […]

Fake News Redux

How does one unlie? In December 2020 President Trump made a call to Georgia state election officials urging them to scrutinize votes in Fulton County.  Trump expressed legitimate concerns about election honesty and expressed his opinion that a thorough review would prove that he had been cheated out of a win.  The Georgia Secretary of […]

The Modoc

The Modoc In 1940, I and my primary school classmates were privileged to get a tour of the Modoc, a United States Coast Guard Cutter that was moored in front of the customshouse in downtown Wilmington, N.C.  Wilmington was her home port.  It was a trim little ship, and I enjoyed the experience very much.  […]

Woke Gone Wild

Woke is a term that is derived from the African-American vernacular and refers to one’s awareness of issues that concern social justice and racial justice.  With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the term has come into more general usage in the United States and Britain. To illustrate the power and radicalism behind […]


O beautiful for spacious skies,For amber waves of grain,For purple mountain majestiesAbove the fruited plain!America! America!God shed His grace on theeAnd crown thy good with brotherhoodFrom sea to shining sea! Every day we should thank God for our homeland.  Our nation is not without flaws, but it is a good land.  Employing Biblical imagery, it […]

Aromatic Episode

One evening in the fall of 1975 we had a most unusual experience at our home on Spotted Horse Lane in Columbia, Maryland.  Sandy Jr. was away in New England. Stuart was attending Howard County Community College.  Harold and Robert were at Wilde Lake High School, and Eric had just begun middle school.  The family […]

General Beauregard’s Bones

As a young boy living at Carolina Beach I was fascinated by the protruding bones of a shipwreck lying less than a hundred yards offshore.  We knew that it was a Civil War blockade runner.  Later I learned that the ship was originally christened as the Havelock and launched in Glasgow, Scotland.  During our Civil […]

Ghost Towns

Some months ago I returned from a brief trip through several states in the American South.  As I drove through a few of the small towns I was struck with a sense of loss.  The old cotton mills, tobacco factories, and furniture manufacturing facilities have virtually disappeared, and most small-town residents have either migrated to […]