Interpreting and Translating

September 24, 2017

0

Not too long ago a good friend who read my column on St. Francis and the Crusaders (I know, it sounds like a 1960s rock group) reminded me that a lot rides on a translation. Some folks believe quite sincerely that the only decent and true translation of the Bible is the King James version, […]

Posted in: Translating

Golf and Christianity

September 24, 2017

0

I know a lot of you out there are golfers, or indulge in one sport or another. And I know a lot of readers are Christians. The other day as I tweaked my golf swing in preparation for a tournament, I thought of my faith, which I seem to be always tweaking as well. Maybe […]

Beauty

September 14, 2017

0

I hadn’t thought much about “beauty” recently. Like everyone else who watches or hears or reads the news, disasters seem to dominate the media. We are bombarded by natural disasters, such as that historic monster hurricane, Harvey, that struck Texas and parts of Louisiana with awesome power, or human disasters like lunatic dictator Kim Jong-um, […]

Tagged:
Posted in: Life in America

In the Navy

September 14, 2017

0

The tragic accidents over the past month in the far Pacific, the home of the Navy’s Seventh Fleet, brought back my own memories of similar circumstances, although while in the Mediterranean, the home of the Sixth Fleet. Today we continue to have a presence in all the major oceans of the world. In the last […]

Tagged:
Posted in: Navy

Public Opinion

September 14, 2017

0

Today it seems politicians are driven by public opinion polls. Ex-President Bill Clinton famously didn’t do much without consulting the public opinion polls. In one NBC News article published in January 2008, Tom Curry, a national affairs writer, noted that Clinton was one of this generation’s master politicians. Clinton “consults polls as if there were […]

Spanish History, 101

September 14, 2017

0

I first went to Spain in the late summer of 1964, sent by the USN as a newly minted Ensign to join my ship then in the Sixth Fleet. I landed in Rota, across the bay from the more famous city of Cadiz, and lingered there a few days waiting for a flight, first to […]

“Sowing the Oil” in Venezuela

September 14, 2017

0

  I first went to Venezuela in about 1977. It was then politically quiet, economically well off, and possessed a working democracy. There were kinks and chinks in the armor of such a nice picture but I enjoyed my week there at a conference on the history of the Americas. The government was riding a […]

Posted in: Foreign Affairs, History