What I am reading lately… Krav Maga and Mossad

I don't know exactly what started it, but I have become very interested in Krav Maga. Krav Maga, which translates to "contact combat" in Hebrew, is an approach to hand-to-hand combat and self-defense that is used by the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli security forces. It takes the best techniques from several different martial arts … Continue reading What I am reading lately… Krav Maga and Mossad

The Thirty Tyrants in Ancient Greece and this week’s riots

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.Oscar Wilde There are not many philosophers that I can say I hate, but I hate Plato. And that loathing gets more intense the older I get. Whenever someone tells me they love Plato or quote "the unexamined life is not worth living" or … Continue reading The Thirty Tyrants in Ancient Greece and this week’s riots

Over the hill (but with new tropical plants and books about opium)

Age has given me what I was looking for my entire life - it has given me me . It has provided time and experience and failures and triumphs and time-tested friends who have helped me step into the shape that was waiting for me. I fit into me now. I have an organic life, finally, not … Continue reading Over the hill (but with new tropical plants and books about opium)

Awarding “personhood” to corporations is an ancient concept

I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of "Admin." The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid "dens of crime" that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, … Continue reading Awarding “personhood” to corporations is an ancient concept

African-American spirituals – educational resources for kids

This is a follow-up to my earlier post, Searching for an educational resource on African-American spirituals. Our homeschooled daughter will be studying American history this year, and I am gathering folk music to pair with our daily lessons. (See our curriculum here.) I did end up finding several very good books (with accompanying CDs) on … Continue reading African-American spirituals – educational resources for kids

What I am reading these days (a lot of history!)

I asked for a bunch of history books for Christmas (in addition to the world's coolest garden hose) and received quite a haul. My favorite periods of history are the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. I already had the Landmark Thucydides, but wanted the entire collection. So my husband gave me the Landmark Herodotus, Landmark … Continue reading What I am reading these days (a lot of history!)