“Freedom has been defined as the opportunity for self-discipline.”

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Solar Eclipse 2024

Solar Eclipse 2024
Growing up, I came to appreciate awe inspiring celestial events; peering into the sky, wondering if I should ever be so fortunate in life. One of these is the solar eclipse; an event that rests at the foundation of ancient myths and legends and has even woven itself into the very fabric of the world’s religions. Some people go to great expense and difficulty to place themselves in places in the world to catch a glimpse of this event, only to have their plans undone by cloud cover.
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Income Tax for 2023

Income Tax for 2023
In past years, I would use my blog to share my choice of income tax software and the reasons why. In the present day of income tax season in the year 2024, I find I cannot use any of the government’s recommended income tax preparation software for reasons that are both philosophical and of personal privacy and liability concerns. I will start with the fact that my income tax is, or should be, a simple affair.
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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen
I’ve been on a musical journey lately in rediscovering some of my country’s greatest musicians. Music has always been my first love in life. I found myself in front of the disarray of compact discs at my local Wal-Mart, and I found Leonard Cohen’s greatest hits. I was amazed at the beauty of his take on this style of folk music which was popularized by Bob Dylan. Except Cohen’s music is, to my ear, much better than Dylan’s.
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Patrick Stewart’s Memoir

Patrick Stewart's Memoir
Patrick Stewart’s memoir, Make it So, was the second book I finished reading in 2024. I started reading this book after finishing all three seasons of Picard, and was watching seasons one and two of The Next Generation on Blu-Ray while reading this book. This book was not just about his career as Captain Picard; while just over the last quarter of it was, this is very much a book about his life and the hardships he overcame while maintaining a positive outlook throughout and being guided by the light of his cultivated passion in acting and of Shakespeare.
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First Book of 2024

First Book of 2024
There are moments in my life when I do something I haven’t done in a while, which causes me to take pause to reflect. Living in a culture where the social norms and ways of doing things seem to change from day to day, things that have permanence in our culture really stand out. Turntables. The AM and FM radio. The traditional wristwatch. Safety razors. And books. Yes, the good old fashioned paper book.
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