The Most Christian King

“The Most Christian King.”  That seems like braggadocio, doesn’t it?  It reminds me of a story about the member of an obscure Catholic order who said, “We may be small, but in humility we’re tops.” Actually, the title “Most Christian King” was given to the kings of France.  Considering the less than admirable conduct of […]


Canonization is the declaration of a deceased person as an officially recognized saint; specifically, it is the official act of a Christian communion declaring a person worthy of veneration and entering their name in the canon, or authorized list, of that communion’s recognized saints.  Unlike Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian communions, most Protestant bodies have […]

First Love

“In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” I do not wish to argue with Tennyson,  but for me my first true experience with that delightful, terrible emotion called love came in the autumn, and there was nothing light about it.   My first love is hard to describe, but […]

Wagging the Dog

The expression “The tail wagging the dog” is an idiom that refers to something big, important or powerful being controlled by something much less so. Biological males who identify themselves as transgender have a great advantage in certain women’s sports.  With the support of LGBT activists and their progressive allies in politics and the media, […]

The Leftist Obsession

Conservative political commentator Steven Hayward recently observed that “for the left, it’s racism all the way down. It explains everything, and has to be incorporated into everything now. Except when climate change explains everything, and has to be incorporated into everything.” I would add sexism.  For the left, sexism explains everything that racism and climate […]

Thou Doth Protest Too Much

(Prior to posting the following I learned that the Antrim, Michigan, lawsuit had been dismissed.  The judge did not allow Attorney DePerno to present his evidence but ruled that the Michigan secretary of state had already done an audit, and a further one was unnecessary. At the same time, there is fierce opposition to continuing […]

Uncomfortable Conversations

A dear daughter-in-law recently responded to my post entitled “The Big Lie.”  In that post I vigorously denied the oft made charge that America is systemically racist.  She suggested that I check out “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” to get a reality check.  Well, I checked it out, and this is my response. I […]

Orton Plantation

Not far from where I lived as a boy was beautiful Orton Plantation.  It fits almost everyone’s image of a prototypical antebellum southern mansion.  It is located on the west side of the Cape Fear River about seven miles downriver from Wilmington. The first home at Orton was built in 1725, but it was destroyed […]


The cost of consumer goods rose 4.2 percent during the month of April.  That is the biggest monthly jump in thirteen years.  The possibility of serious inflation is frightening.  I remember those ridiculously high interest rates in the late 1970s when people were paying as much as 18% for home mortgages.  If it happens again, […]

Gas Lines

The Biden Administration makes no secret of its hostility towards the fossil fuel industry.  As part of its war against climate change, it has pursued number of aggressive moves against coal and oil producers.  For instance, immediately upon assuming office Biden shut down work on the Keystone XL pipeline.  Sometimes, the government’s green crusaders get […]