The Washington Times - January 21, 2009, 01:13PM

The cybergremlins have apparently gone away and I can now get into my page again, so thanks to whatever or whoever figured out the problem.  It’s been awhile, but we’ll try to catch up rapidly.

We are now in the throes of January, with commemorative events on the Confederate side for Generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. Jackson, and Cdr. Matthew Fontaine Maury, each significant in his own right for commemoration.   Challenge for the year: get a book on each of these and see what you can learn.  If you are like me, I’ve never read a book from which I did not learn something.


Education is good for the soul and the body.  There never was a  potential hero that someone did not come along and try to disparage.  For many, it’s easier to denigrate someone than to praise them. On the other hand, hagiography is not the best way to operate, and there are both good and bad aspects in all of our heroes.  The main thing, as we proceed in a new  year, with a new national leader, is to remember the outstanding attributes of those who have gone before, treasure their memory and assimilate their finer points into your life.   It takes less energy than trashing them, and provides a positive influence rather than a negative one.

Sermon over!