Character of the Week: Demosthenes of Athens

Greek, Athenian statesman most noted for his speeches against Alexander the Great's father, Philip of Macedon, collectively known as "philippics." He shaved half his head to prevent himself going out in public until he had learned to speak without lisp or stammer, and practiced orating with pebbles under his tongue to enhance pronunciation and by … Continue reading Character of the Week: Demosthenes of Athens

Poem of the Week: The Jewish Cemetery at Newport–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

How strange it seems! These Hebrews in their graves,       Close by the street of this fair seaport town, Silent beside the never-silent waves,       At rest in all this moving up and down! The trees are white with dust, that o'er their sleep       Wave their broad curtains in the south-wind's breath, While underneath these leafy tents … Continue reading Poem of the Week: The Jewish Cemetery at Newport–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Scandal that Wasn’t: Mike Pence and Misogyny

Gender issues pervade the political airwaves, from transgender bathrooms to whether Donald Trump really sexually assaulted women. The newest kerfuffle is that Vice President Mike Pence is practicing a kind of “soft misogyny” by refusing to dine with other women unless his wife is present. Liberal pundits, commentators and bloggers took to their preferred media … Continue reading The Scandal that Wasn’t: Mike Pence and Misogyny