Creating the Painting of Sorrow

I have elected to include this blog by Virginia Winters about her book Painting of Sorrow because of my deep appreciation of both art and historical fiction. As an undergraduate, I majored in history but took enough art history classes to nearly have a minor in the subject. This new book is exciting not only because of the […]

The Pledge of Allegiance Part 2

Civil War cannon

The first version of the pledge of allegiance was written by Captain George Thatcher Balch, a Union Army Officer during the Civil War.  One can imagine the impact of the words, “one nation” at the time.  But the fact remains that a pledge is part of the totalitarian practice of putting interests of the state […]

The Pledge of Allegiance Part I

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America…   The flag is a symbol that represents the embodiment of a country. Our spangled banner is a symbol of democracy, freedom, and constitutional equal rights. We pledge our allegiance to the flag, we sing to it, we raise it in glory, and […]

Science Fiction Is The Improbable Made Possible

Science fiction is defined by Isaac Asimov — the man with arguably the most nimble imagination and most prolific brain in the history of the genre — as a form that “deals with the reaction of human beings to changes in science and technology.” Science fiction is difficult to define because it can encompass so […]

How Beer Can Make A Happy Valentine’s Day

Dinner with beer

Aside from all of the pageantry, Valentine’s Day is lesser known as a day that makes single ladies riddled with anxiety and anticipation and guys in relationships feel like they have to perform feats of romance or be labeled as a schmuck. Is V-Day just a way for Hallmark and other greeting card companies to […]

Call Of Duty: The Virtual World Forgets It Is At War

War is a central part of what the United States has become. Multiple forms of media are distorting our view of combat and consequently the legitimacy of war in our minds.  War is death and destruction—the darkest expression of humanity.   The Army, Marines, National Guard etc. bombard television viewers with commercials hoping to indoctrinate young […]