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The Great Good Thing by Klavan
Over the summer, a friend mentioned Andrew Klavan and recommended his book The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ . Klavan lives in nearby Montecito and is best known for crime, suspense, and thriller novels, a couple of which have bee...
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Columbo on Mother’s Day
Casa Blanca in Carpinteria, CA       Many who live in southeastern Santa Barbara County are aware of a white Moorish-style oceanfront property complete with minarets and domes called Casa Blanca in the western end of Carpinteria. Anyone can see it from the ...
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Pay Closer Attention to How You Spend Your Money
      As we all know, the new tax bill passed in 2017 benefits corporations the most. (Randians would applaud this as something corporations are entitled to.) I know I’m not the only one disturbed by this. I think one of the most troubling legacies of this ...
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What’s Better Than The Best Wine?
      Some time before he passed away, I took a wine tasting class from former Navy pilot and beloved Santa Barbara resident Cork Millner (no joke, his name was Cork.) Cork was a respected wine aficionado and a writer who loved words as much as I do. From C...
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Gatsby, My Lost City, and The Crack-Up: The American Dream, An Illusion Part IV
    Throgs Neck Bridge, Long Island Sound       My friend Don Jenner off and on would suggest I read The Great Gatsby, or at least see the movie. The novel is set in a part of Long Island where he grew up and I attended the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Whi...
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Terror or Love: It Takes a Community to End Terrorism
      “…for myself, it was only the fear of love from which one flees into absolute violence,” wrote Michael Baumann a.k.a. Bommi Baumann in his 1975 book Terror or Love? (originally titled Wie Alles Anfing in German.) Baumann was part of a now barely-remem...
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Wall Street: Face Reality and Work Honestly
Wall Street facing Trinity in the 1920s       Off and on, in the past year or so, I’ve been reading about Wall Street and a couple times came across images of the gothic cathedral at the head of Wall Street on Broadway, a half a block from the New York Stoc...
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2014 Year in Review: Robin Williams and Brittany Maynard
      2014 was full of big news items (Isis, Ebola, Ferguson, etc.) that received a lot of coverage for obvious reasons, but the suicides of Robin Williams and Brittany Maynard stand out in my mind as reflective of issues that perhaps aren’t examined as muc...
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