It’s Time for “The Wetland Way” — Chet Aero Marine

This week I’m starting a blog of the “central” part of the Island Chronicles: The Wetland Way. It’s bracketed between its prequel The Ten Weeks and its immediate sequel At the Inlet. The published version of this–both paper and ebook–are in preparation and I’ll post information about this later. The original narrative started on Shrove […]It’s …

Hard Currency, Soft Currency and Dollar Hegemony — vulcanhammer.info

In its dealings with first the Chinese and later with the Soviets, one of the first things Vulcan learned was the difference between hard and soft currency. That was true both in the travel expenses and in the process of selling equipment (and later buying equipment and technology.) Let’s start with the Chinese: this notice […]Hard …

The Baptism of Jesus — The Bossuet Project

Bossuet’s elevations on the Baptism of Jesus–which began his ministry–are as follows: The baptism of Jesus. 1, First approach of Jesus and Saint John. The baptism of Jesus. 2, Jesus Christ commands John to baptize him. The baptism of Jesus. 3, Jesus Christ is plunged into the Jordan. The baptism of Jesus. 4, Manifestation of Jesus Christ. The baptism […]The …

JD Vance Can’t Handle the Truth. Or Can He?

He told us this... Woven through Hillbilly Elegy, which was published in 2016, is an orthodox conservatism that places the blame for the endemic social problems from which its author escaped at his community’s own doorstep: its habit of worklessness and shirking of responsibility, among other cultural defects. “We talk about the value of hard work but …

Parents Should Learn to Stay in the Truck

Referees are fleeing sports because parents can't control themselves: America is facing a crisis in prep and youth sports, where fewer and fewer people are willing to take on the thankless job of officiating games.“The veterans are quitting by the droves. They’re sick of it,” said Moore, who oversees fast-pitch softball umpires for the state …

The Tragedy of @roddreher

He's getting a divorce: It pains me more than I can say to announce that my wife recently filed a petition of divorce, and I have agreed unreservedly to her request for a mutual, and amicable, parting. While this will come as a great shock to my readers, it will not surprise those who know …

When Some of Us Thought God Quit Answering Prayers

One of the things I've discovered on Anglican Twitter is that there are those who are in churches outside of the Episcopal Church (and I'm thinking about ACNA churches) which still use the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Up until now I have refused to let this site be defiled by this book, and normally …

The Last Supper, the Iranians and the Perfect Dissertation: A Maundy Thursday Reflection — vulcanhammer.net

In 2015 the PhD program I was going through nearly collapsed. We lost fifteen faculty members and key staff people in as many months. Needless to say, that produced consternation among the students, most of whom came from outside the United States. They did not understand our system (and honestly until I consulted with some […]The …

Holy Week Wishes, and Some Announcements for This Site

It's been some time since I've had an original post, and posting may be sparse for a while longer. There are some important changes afoot for this site: Two of the features of this site: the Palm Beach Experience and The Island Chronicles--are moving to Chet Aero Marine. The reasoning for this is complicated and …

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