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  • The Pursuit of Happiness: Everybody Wants to be Happy
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    The Pursuit of Happiness: Everybody Wants to be Happy

    6 weeks ago

    Everybody wants to be happy. The Pursuit of Happiness is an important individual right. Social Science has studied the keys to happiness. What makes us happy? Family, Religion, Government, Diversity?

  • New Age Religion
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    New Age Religion

    3 years ago

    New Age Religion is a new combination of very old ideas. The New Age Movement combines astrology, psychology, gnosticism, pantheism, paganism and the occult to create religion for the Age of Aquarius.

  • C. S. Lewis
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    C. S. Lewis

    6 weeks ago

    C. S. Lewis biography. C. S. Lewis books and his views on God & man; free will; morality; problem of evil, pain & suffering; salvation; wider hope; the Bible; Christian Faith; Christ Jesus of Nazareth

  • Life After Death: Transcendence
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    Life After Death: Transcendence

    2 months ago

    Is there life after death? Is transcendence real? What is the human soul? In this article time and space are explained; spiritual growth explored; the School of the Soul explicated—and the two great questions of human beings answered: Where do we come from? What happens after we die?

  • The Feminist Movement
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    The Feminist Movement

    2 years ago

    Where did the Feminist Movement come from? What have been its changing goals? Have the gains made by the Feminist Movement been good or bad for Americans, men, women, children, families, and society?

  • The History, Culture, and Music of New Orleans
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    The History, Culture, and Music of New Orleans

    18 months ago

    Cajuns, Mardi Gras, Voodoo, jazz, the French Quarter, Storyville, hurricanes, floods, the Mississippi River, the Big Easy. Explore the unusual history of New Orleans.

  • Davy Crockett
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    Davy Crockett

    3 years ago

    Biography of David Crockett, Davy Crockett, the most famous frontiersman in American history, folk hero, sharpshooter, congressman, Lion of the West, Ballad of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier

  • The Law by Frederic Bastiat
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    The Law by Frederic Bastiat

    15 months ago

    “Law is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense” Law is organized justice by force. We have a right to defend our person, our property, and our liberty. All people are born with these natural rights because they...

  • White Guilt
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    White Guilt

    3 years ago

    White Guilt by Shelby Steele is about Black Militancy, Black Consciousness, Black Power, Black Riots, Racial Politics, the Bigotry of Low Expectations, Responsibility, Freedom, Diversity, White Guilt

  • The French Revolution: Cause and Effect
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    The French Revolution: Cause and Effect

    23 months ago

    The French Revolution; Jacobins; Reign of Terror; Guillotine; Vendee Uprising; King Louis XVI; Robespierre; Bigot; Illuminati; Cult of Reason; Atheism; Communism; Feminism; Satanism; the Antichrist.

  • The Long Drive
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    The Long Drive

    20 months ago

    This is a story about one of my adventures. I call it "The Long Drive" because that it what is was, among other things. I drove alone for forty-eight hours over two weeks time, covering three thousand miles. My aviation business of...

  • New Testament Canon
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    New Testament Canon

    17 months ago

    How was the Holy Bible and the New Testament Canon put together? Did Constantine do it? Are there really any removed, lost, forbidden, missing, banned, or omitted books of the Bible?

  • West Highland White Terriers: Westies
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    West Highland White Terriers: Westies

    5 years ago

    West Highland White Terriers—Westies—are a dog breed originally bred in the West Highlands of Scotland. They are related to the Scottish Terrier. While Scottish Terriers can be black, red, cream, or white, the Westies are always white. ...

  • Surrealism Art
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    Surrealism Art

    5 years ago

    Surrealism Art is unreal, bizarre, fantastical, and features imagery that conveys a dream-like quality. Surreal paintings are puzzles that might not have literal meaning. Surreal art is not rational. Surrealism Art transcends everyday reality....

  • First World, Second World, Third World
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    First World, Second World, Third World

    9 months ago

    First World: freedom, democracy, capitalism, Christianity. Second World: socialism, atheism, genocide, suffering, slavery. Third World: primitive, poor, hunger, disease, filth, misery, malnutrition.

  • Playing Cards History and Playing Card Games
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    Playing Cards History and Playing Card Games

    3 years ago

    Explore the fascinating history of playing cards, and the origin of playing card games, including Poker, Blackjack, Rummy, Bridge, and Hearts; as well as playing cards brands and playing cards slang.

  • Margaret Thatcher: the Iron Lady
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    Margaret Thatcher: the Iron Lady

    3 years ago

    A brief biography of Margaret Thatcher, the 5th most admired woman in the world of the 2oth Century, only female Prime Minister in British history, elected 3 times, she saved Britain from extinction.

  • The Life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr
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    The Life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr

    4 years ago

    Martin Luther King Jr. was a twenty-six year old Baptist minister when he got involved with the civil rights movement in Montgomery, Alabama. He had been in town a little over a year with his fledgling family. As he spoke up in meetings it was...

  • Political Thought of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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    Political Thought of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    9 months ago

    The political thought of Martin Luther King centered around his Christian Faith, nonviolent protest, a colorblind society, the social gospel, affirmative action, and a guaranteed income.

  • Catholicism in the 19th Century
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    Catholicism in the 19th Century

    5 years ago

    In the 19th Century, we see develop a new, direct relationship between individual Catholics and the Papacy. The Roman Catholic Church now sought freedom from the power of the State. It realized that state privileges came with strings attached that...

  • Europe in the 18th Century
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    Europe in the 18th Century

    5 years ago

    INTRODUCTION One of the defining characteristics of Europe in the 18th century is its descent into gross libertinism. Perhaps this was expedited by the growing use of a sheath of silk or linen for birth control, which got its name from Colonel...

  • Political Quiz
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    Political Quiz

    2 years ago

    I recently came across a Political Science book that was written in 1958. It was quite popular at the time, though it has now largely disappeared. On Amazon it is listed as the 29,348th Best Seller today. So I guess it hasn't completely evaporated....

  • Evangelical Social Reformers
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    Evangelical Social Reformers

    3 years ago

    Evangelical Social Reformers combined Social Work with Evangelism. They provided food, clothes, shelter, education, medical care, jobs and much more for the downtrodden while sharing the Gospel.

  • Cool Classic Muscle Cars
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    Cool Classic Muscle Cars

    5 years ago

    Classic Muscle Cars are high performance street machines built in the United States for formal and informal drag racing. Classic Muscle Cars had their heyday from 1965 to 1970. Today, they are highly prized by collectors and some sell for hundreds...

  • 18th Century France
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    18th Century France

    5 years ago

    In the 18th century, France was by far the greatest power in Europe. French was the language of all educated Europeans. The longest reign in European history was that of Louis XIV, King of France, who reigned from 1643 to 1715. He created what is...

  • The Presidency of Jimmy Carter
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    The Presidency of Jimmy Carter

    3 years ago

    1970s America was a time of skyrocketing crime rates, a mood of malaise, stagflation, 12% inflation, 20% interest rates, the Iranian hostage crisis, the Helsinki Accords, and President Jimmy Carter.

  • The Second Great Awakening
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    The Second Great Awakening

    3 years ago

    The Second Great Awakening ends slavery; Charles Spurgeon, Gypsy Smith, Charles Grandison Finney, Burned Over District, Cane Ridge Camp Meeting, Great Ulster Revival, Seventh Day Adventists, Jamaica

  • Missionaries
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    Missionaries

    3 years ago

    The stories of Christian missionaries are incredible, including William Carey, Samuel John Mills, Lott Carey, Adoniram Judson, Allen Gardiner, Titus Coan, Hudson Taylor, John Clough, and Lottie Moon.

  • A History of the Jaguar Car
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    A History of the Jaguar Car

    13 months ago

    The Jaguar car is world famous for its stylish designs, thrilling performance, luxurious and comfortable interiors, outstanding handling and ride, quality engineering and state-of-the-art technology.

  • Tosh Point O
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    Tosh Point O

    6 years ago

    Tosh.0—pronounced tosh point oh—is the most watched weekly series on the Comedy Central television channel. Tosh.0 averages 2.2 million viewers per episode, about ten percent more than The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Tosh.0 surely has...

  • D L Moody
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    D L Moody

    7 weeks ago

    The most famous man on earth in 1899 was Dwight L Moody. D. L. Moody was an evangelical preacher focused on charity and evangelism who founded the Moody Church and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

  • Alfred Kinsey
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    Alfred Kinsey

    13 months ago

    The Sexual Revolution is hailed by Liberal Atheists as the greatest advance for mankind since the wheel—or at least since penicillin. Alfred Kinsey is the man to whom we owe much for these changing mores. According to this view, Kinsey freed...

  • Fidel Castro: Cuban Revolution
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    Fidel Castro: Cuban Revolution

    3 years ago

    Cheered on by the American Left, especially the New York Times, Fidel Castro led the Cuban Revolution, along with his friend Che Guevara, leading to the Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis.

  • William Wilberforce
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    William Wilberforce

    3 years ago

    William Wilberforce and the Clapham Circle of Evangelical Christians abolished slavery in the British Empire and sparked a reformation of morals which ushered in the Victorian Age of England.

  • Biography of Andrew Jackson
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    Biography of Andrew Jackson

    2 days ago

    Andrew Jackson was the first Scots-Irish elected President of the United States, as well as the first westerner, the first not born into a prominent colonial family, the first born in a log cabin, the first born into poverty, the first nominated by...

  • 18th Century England
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    18th Century England

    6 years ago

      King William III of England died in 1702.  His horse stumbled on a molehill, throwing the king to the ground, which broke his collarbone.  While recovering he caught the pneumonia that spelled his doom.  The successor to King William was...

  • Public Employee Labor Unions
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    Public Employee Labor Unions

    3 years ago

    A brief history of public employee labor unions; public employee union pensions; the origin of labor unions. Do unions kill productivity? Are unions good for America? Who are the rich robber barons?

  • Cartier: Art in Jewelry
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    Cartier: Art in Jewelry

    6 years ago

    Cartier sells the most beautiful things in the world. Although few people can afford to buy Cartier jewelry or watches, to simply behold the beauty of these creations holds a fascination for many. Cartier jewelry evokes pleasure for people. ...

  • History of Christianity: 18th Century
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    History of Christianity: 18th Century

    22 months ago

    Christianity in the 18th Century saw denominations multiply and theology concern itself with Grace, Repentance, Hell, the Holy Spirit, Born Again, Miracles, Personal Relationships with God, and music.

  • A History of Commercial Airliners
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    A History of Commercial Airliners

    7 years ago

    From 1913 a young Russian designer, Igor Sikorsky, set his mind to develop large aircraft. Sikorsky invented a giant airplane (the Grand) with four engines and a wingspan of 88ft 7in. Naysayers said it would never fly, but fly it did, with eight...

  • World's Fair: Columbian Exposition
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    World's Fair: Columbian Exposition

    5 years ago

      A World's Fair is a large public exhibition of manufactured products, new inventions, and art, as well as exhibits to promote tourism and cultural understanding; and much more—music, food, and entertainments.  The first World's Fair was the...

  • Deism & Deists
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    Deism & Deists

    3 years ago

    The origins of Deism and the beliefs of Deists including the 'Historical Jesus' Project, Hermann Reimarus, Voltaire, French & American Revolutions, and the Christian response to Deism & Deist beliefs.

  • A History of Aviation
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    A History of Aviation

    3 years ago

    The History of Aviation—Wright Brothers; pioneers; acrobatics; speed and distance records; barnstormers; air mail; Lindbergh; Earhart; navigation; air traffic control; golden age; manufacturers.

  • The Vietnam War
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    The Vietnam War

    3 years ago

    The Vietnam War in French Indochina: Ho Chi Minh, Rolling Thunder, Prisoners of War, atrocities, the anti-war movement, draft dodgers, Tet Offensive, President Johnson, Viet Cong, Paris Peace Accords.

  • The Great Awakening
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    The Great Awakening

    3 years ago

    The First Great Awakening was a thirty year revival that led to American Independence. It united the colonies for the first time as 75% of colonists participated with George Whitfield leading the way.

  • Waiting for Superman the Movie
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    Waiting for Superman the Movie

    13 months ago

      Waiting for Superman is a documentary about the schools in the United States.  The filmmaker is a liberal who felt guilty about sending his child to a private school, since liberals are staunch supporters of public school teachers unions.  ...

  • John Wesley
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    John Wesley

    3 years ago

    John Wesley bio and quotes; Revelation; the Moravians; traveling preacher; comes to America; founds the Methodist Church; focus on charity to, salvation of the poor; died the best loved man in England

  • The Korean War
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    The Korean War

    9 months ago

    The start of the Korean War begins with Communist aggression, proceeds to Inchon, the Truman MacArthur dispute, MacArthur fired, MacArthur comes home a hero. The lesson of the Two Koreas revealed.

  • 1955
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    1955

    20 months ago

    1955 was the year America hit its zenith. It manufactured half of all the goods made in the world. More people went to church in 1955 than ever before or since in the United States. More churches were built in 1955 than in any other year of American...

  • Jonathan Edwards
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    Jonathan Edwards

    3 years ago

    The message of Jonathan Edwards (wife: Sarah Edwards); Yale valedictorian at age seventeen; became best loved American preacher, minister, theologian and philosopher; sparked the First Great Awakening

  • The Andy Griffith Show
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    The Andy Griffith Show

    3 years ago

    The Andy Griffith Show set in Mayberry with Sheriff Andy, Deputy Barney Fife, Opie and Aunt Bee. Best episodes with Andy Griffith, Don Knotts and Ron Howard. Character sketches and actor biographies.

  • Freak Show
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    Freak Show

    2 years ago

    Unusual human beings have been exhibited in public since antiquity. The first traveling "freak show" appeared in 1738 in Europe. Carnival and circus freak shows were immensely popular in America.

  • Gustave Dore
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    Gustave Dore

    5 years ago

    Gustave Dore created the most popular illustrations and engravings in the history of human civilization. He reminds me of the top character actors of all time—you know their work, but you don't know their names. Gustave Dore (1832-1883) was...

  • Vitaliano Designer Mens Neck Ties
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    Vitaliano Designer Mens Neck Ties

    6 years ago

    Vitaliano mens ties are cut and sewn by hand in Bologna, Italy. The Vitaliano Pancaldi Company has made neck ties for over fifty years. Vitaliano designer ties are constructed only from the finest silk jacquard—shiny fabric intricately woven with...

  • Mexico in Modern Times
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    Mexico in Modern Times

    7 weeks ago

    Mexico in the 20th Century: the Mexican Revolution, the Catholic Church, Leftists, Pancho Villa, Emiliano Zapata, Cristero Wars, Nationalization, Braceros, NAFTA, Chiapas, the Drug War, remittances.

  • America in the 17th Century
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    America in the 17th Century

    2 years ago

      In the 17th century, America was primitive and nearly vacant.  A few million Neolithic people were scattered over thousands of miles.  Today it is the mightiest, richest, most dynamic civilization in human history.  America is an...

  • 17th Century England
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    17th Century England

    5 years ago

    The Virgin Queen Elizabeth died in 1603, after ruling England forty-five years. Queen Elizabeth employed an astrologer, John Dee (1527-1608), and it was he who invented the term "Great Britain." The English throne passed to King James Stuart of...

  • History of Christianity: 17th Century
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    History of Christianity: 17th Century

    3 years ago

    The History of Christianity series continues into the 17th century with sections about Lutherans, Baptists, Quakers, Huguenots, Anglicans, Pilgrim's Progress, King James Version, and Reformed Theology

  • Darwin and Evolution
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    Darwin and Evolution

    2 months ago

    Is Darwin's Theory of Evolution true? What is the truth about the origin on life on earth, the origin of man, DNA, Intelligent Design, and Darwinism? Was Charles Darwin right on the origin of life?

  • Origin of the Universe
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    Origin of the Universe

    2 months ago

    The Origin of the Universe quickly covers the Genesis Creation, the Big Bang, Rare Earth, and the Atheist point of view of: How did the universe begin? How was our cosmos created? Where did man come from?

  • Mexican American War
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    Mexican American War

    3 years ago

    The Mexican American War, Republic of Texas, Republic of California, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Santa Anna, General Zachary Taylor, General Winfield Scott, Battle of the Alamo, Battle of San Jacinto

  • The History of Mexico
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    The History of Mexico

    5 years ago

      The "Father of the Nation" of Mexico is Miguel Hidalgo.  It was Hidalgo who issued the battle cry in 1810 on September 16—which is Independence Day in Mexico—that led to the eleven year Mexican War of Independence.   Miguel Hidalgo...

  • Colonial Mexico
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    Colonial Mexico

    5 years ago

    Mexico is named for the Aztec god of war. The Aztecs were an aggressive, imperialist people, who had come from somewhere in the north to conquer Mexico about two hundred years before the Spanish came and conquered them. As the Aztecs conquered...

  • Detroit Michigan
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    Detroit Michigan

    6 weeks ago

    Fifty years ago Detroit was among the richest cities in the world and offered perhaps the best quality of life of any city in America. Today, it is bankrupt, the most dangerous place in the country, boasts 78,000 abandoned homes, and 47% of its people cannot even read or write.

  • Education Problems in Public Schools
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    Education Problems in Public Schools

    3 years ago

    Education Problems in Public Schools: John Dewey, Progressive Education, Secular Humanism, Darwinism, Moral Relativism, Social Justice, Multiculturalism, Self Esteem, feminizing boys, Anti-Americanism

  • Immigration & Illegal Aliens
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    Immigration & Illegal Aliens

    3 months ago

    Comprehensive Immigration Reform; Illegal Aliens; Jobs Americans won't do; Immigration Act of 1965; Anchor babies or birthright citizenship; Why does the Left hail the deliberate browning of America?

  • Sir Isaac Newton
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    Sir Isaac Newton

    5 years ago

    Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) is known as the first popular hero of modern science. The words "scientist" and "physics" did not exist during his lifetime. The most enduring legacy of Sir Isaac Newton is his explanation of how the universe operates...

  • Science in the 17th Century
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    Science in the 17th Century

    3 months ago

    The word scientist was coined in 1840, but the 17th century is revered among scientists as an age of great discovery. This is the century of Galileo, Kepler, Bacon, Pascal, Descartes, and Newton.

  • Brief Biography of Blaise Pascal
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    Brief Biography of Blaise Pascal

    6 years ago

      Blaise Pascal only lived 39 years, but he left a lasting legacy of influence in theology, philosophy, literature, mathematics, economics, and social science.  He also invented the syringe. Blaise Pascal was born in France into an...

  • Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut
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    Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

    2 months ago

    Harrison Bergeron is a short story by Kurt Vonnegut about the dangers of being fanatical about equality; Crab Mentality; and Tall Poppy Syndrome. Also included is a brief biography of Kurt Vonnegut.

  • 17th Century France
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    17th Century France

    5 years ago

      17th Century France is the time and place of the Sun King, Louis XIV.  France was the most populous country in Christendom by the 17th century.  The absolute monarchy reached its zenith in 17th century France under the long reign of Louis...

  • Lake Michigan Circle Tour
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    Lake Michigan Circle Tour

    2 years ago

    The Lake Michigan Circle Tour is a designated scenic road system that circumnavigates Lake Michigan: excellent roads, huge sand dunes, beautiful vistas, fabulous beaches, and 100 historic lighthouses.

  • Best Baseball Hitters of All Time
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    Best Baseball Hitters of All Time

    14 months ago

    I examine some of the best players to ever step up to the plate.

  • History of the Gypsies
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    History of the Gypsies

    21 months ago

    Who are the Gypsies and where did they come from? The Roma or Romani people have long lived the Gypsy life. This article gives us a glimpse at the history of the Gypsies, who are not Egyptians at all.

  • Famous American Photographers
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    Famous American Photographers

    5 years ago

    Famous American Photographers: Irving Penn, Garry Winogrand, Walker Evans, Margaret Bourke-White, Bruce Davidson, Philippe Halsman, Weegee, Sally Mann, Herb Ritts, William Myers, Wallace Kirkland

  • Fox News Women
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    Fox News Women

    6 years ago

    I published an article last year entitled Women of Fox News, which has proved to be a major success. By popular demand, I followed it up with Men of Fox News . Now I want to put the spotlight on a different set of Fox News Women, some of whom my...

  • The Founding Fathers
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    The Founding Fathers

    22 months ago

    George Washington relinquished near-absolute political power when equally ambitious but less principled men would have reached for more. He was the epitome of gravity, propriety, patriotism, and patient virtue. President Washington was morally...

  • The Puritans
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    The Puritans

    8 weeks ago

    The Puritans, led by John Winthrop and John Cotton, lived by the highest standards in a bond of brotherly affection to establish a "City upon a Hill" - a example for the world to see - a witness that God had bestowed His blessings of liberty on the Puritans. "You are the light of the world" (Jesus)

  • The House of David
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    The House of David

    8 months ago

    The House of David was a religious colony in my hometown of Benton Harbor, Michigan. When I was a boy I was mesmerized by the magical, mysterious House of David. My father grew up around the House of David, and he told me many stories...

  • The Late Great United States of America
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    The Late Great United States of America

    6 months ago

    It is the year 2328. At the podium, a professor is about to give a lecture on World History. Let's listen in. This year marks the 300th anniversary of the fall of the Republic of the United States of America. The United States was the greatest...

  • Counter Reformation
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    Counter Reformation

    5 years ago

    The Council of Trent stated that its purpose was to counter the Reformation. The Council would affirm that the unwritten traditions of the Catholic Church were inspired by the Holy Spirit, i.e., that all revelation did not end with Scripture. The...

  • Christendom in the 16th Century
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    Christendom in the 16th Century

    5 years ago

    In the 16th Century, the average person only lived to be forty years old. The humanists at the forefront of the Renaissance saw themselves as descendants of the Roman Empire. They venerated Constantine and Charlemagne. They saw their movement as a...

  • 16th Century England
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    16th Century England

    6 years ago

      King Henry VIII was a Tudor.  The Tudors were a Welsh family, descended from Owain ap Maredudd ap Tydwr, a silver-tongued gentleman who caught the eye of the widow of Henry V, Catherine of France. The name Tydwr morphed into Theodore and then...

  • John Calvin
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    John Calvin

    2 years ago

    John Calvin, the reformer of the Christian Faith and the greatest theologian since St Augustine. Who was John Calvin and why are his ideas still so important today for Believers in Jesus Christ?

  • Socialism vs Capitalism
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    Socialism vs Capitalism

    3 years ago

    Socialism vs Capitalism includes economic freedom, standard of living, collectivization, property rights, central planning, prosperity, liberty, global government, Utopia, Schumpeter, Hayek, & Pipes.

  • Martin Luther Quotes
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    Martin Luther Quotes

    5 years ago

    I recently wrote about the life of Martin Luther, the German Reformer. Today I have Martin Luther Quotes to share with you. "The law is a light that illumines and shows, not the grace of God or righteousness and life, but the wrath of God, sin,...

  • Martin Luther
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    Martin Luther

    2 years ago

    The Protestant Reformation was a revolution, sparked by a seemingly insignificant event. A ripple became a tidal wave. The man who launched it was Martin Luther. Who was he and what did he want?

  • How Socialism Works
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    How Socialism Works

    21 months ago

      The Rule of Law is what distinguishes a free country.  Every law restricts individual freedom to a certain degree by altering the means people may use in the pursuit of their aims, but within these rules the individual should be free to pursue...

  • Human Aging
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    Human Aging

    11 months ago

    Human Aging is the subject of this brief article. Included topics are: Aging with Dignity, Population Aging, Aging Home Care Services, Geriatric Care, and Geriatric Services.

  • Turds
    201

    Turds

    2 years ago

    The lowly turd is more interesting than one might think. Let us explore turds. Everybody makes them. Not all turds are equal. Turds are the link between all human beings from Adam to the end of days.

  • Experiments in Socialism
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    Experiments in Socialism

    3 months ago

    What is Socialism? Where has it been implemented and what were the results? Experiments in Socialism will answer these questions as we look at Socialism in the USSR, Nazi Germany, Red China, Korea, Cuba, Cambodia, and Ethiopia, with sections on Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, and Chairman Mao.

  • American Artists
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    American Artists

    6 years ago

    Benjamin West (1738-1820) of Pennsylvania was the first painter to immortalize the martyrdom of a secular hero in art (see the neoclassical painting below). A close friend of Benjamin Franklin, he became the first American painter to appear in...

  • Pros and Cons of Capitalism
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    Pros and Cons of Capitalism

    3 years ago

    Pros and Cons of Capitalism defines capitalism; the theory of capitalism; positive effects of capitalism; creative destruction; Private Property; Capitalism vs Socialism; Democracy; Free Enterprise.

  • American Painters
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    American Painters

    5 years ago

    John Singleton Copley (1738-1815) of Boston moved to London in 1774 because all of his family’s ties were with those loyal to the British Crown. John Copley never returned to America, but he is still considered the most gifted and influential of...

  • Define Socialism
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    Define Socialism

    5 years ago

    Socialism has new wind in its sails. Americans under the age of thirty appear to believe that Socialism is just as good a system as Capitalism. What is Socialism? Socialism is a fundamental reconstruction of society as to make economics an affair...

  • Christendom in the 15th Century
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    Christendom in the 15th Century

    5 years ago

    The leading lights of the Catholic Church met at Pisa in 1409 to solve the problem of having two popes. It was at Pisa, that the church leaders decided that the solution to their problem would be to depose both men and declare a new pope....

  • Jan Hus
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    Jan Hus

    8 months ago

    Jan Hus was a priest, preacher; and professor at Prague University in Bohemia when one of the popes excommunicated him in 1411, which started a riot among his supporters. The entire city of Prague was then excommunicated. This meant that its...

  • Christian Theology Before the Reformation
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    Christian Theology Before the Reformation

    5 years ago

    The Roman pontiff was the visible head of the Church, to whom every human being must be subject in order to be saved. In the 15th Century, the Church itself became the primary subject of debate among Christians—upon which all other doctrines...

  • Generation Zero
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    Generation Zero

    3 years ago

    Generation Zero is the title of a new documentary that explores how the Social Liberal ideologies of the Woodstock Generation led to the collapse of our financial system in America. The Woodstock Generation rejected the traditions, customs, and...

  • Christendom in the 14th Century
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    Christendom in the 14th Century

    5 years ago

    “It is better to obey God than man.” This passage from Acts 5:29 was the lifelong motto of a merchant from Lyon, France, turned evangelist named Peter Waldo (1140-1218). He founded a group of Christians who are the forerunners of today’s...

  • Should People Eat Animals?
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    Should People Eat Animals?

    3 years ago

    Should people eat animals? Many vegetarians do not think animals should be human food. We love pets. But most people like meat in their diets. Animal right activists oppose the killing of any animals.

  • Scotland Road Trip
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    Scotland Road Trip

    8 months ago

    I had long been fascinated by Scotland.  I hatched a plan to rent a car to drive around the country, clockwise.  I flew into Glasgow to begin my journey.  If you want to try this at home, keep in mind that you drive a car in the United Kingdom...

  • The History of Chicago, Illinois
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    The History of Chicago, Illinois

    8 months ago

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    Christian History 1250

    5 years ago

    Frederick II (1194-1250) was named Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in 1220. His contemporaries called him “the astonishment of world.” To some this was meant as a compliment, and to others it wasn’t. Frederick spoke six different languages,...

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    Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire

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    Christian History 1200

    2 years ago

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    Brioni Suits for Men

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  • Impressionist Art Painters
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    Impressionist Art Painters

    5 years ago

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    Men of Fox News

    6 years ago

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  • Definition of Marriage
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    Definition of Marriage

    5 years ago

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  • Pastoral Epistles
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    Pastoral Epistles

    12 months ago

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  • What Is a Human Being?
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    What Is a Human Being?

    9 months ago

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  • The Third Crusade
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    The Third Crusade

    5 years ago

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  • Why Do People Love Dogs
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    Why Do People Love Dogs

    2 months ago

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  • Women of Fox News
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    Women of Fox News

    2 years ago

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  • Holy Crusades
    113

    Holy Crusades

    2 years ago

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  • Dining Etiquette and Manners
    106

    Dining Etiquette and Manners

    8 years ago

    Utensils are placed on the table in the order of use—from the outside in.  Rather than hold them in a fist, rest the fork or spoon on your middle finger and grasp the handle with your thumb and forefinger.  I wouldn't use a fork as a shovel. ...

  • What is Cap and Trade?
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    What is Cap and Trade?

    3 months ago

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  • Forrest Gump
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    Forrest Gump

    6 years ago

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  • Best Baseball Pitchers Ever
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    Best Baseball Pitchers Ever

    3 years ago

    The Best Baseball Pitchers of all time includes pictures & brief bios on Jim Palmer, Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Pedro Martinez, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Greg Maddox, Randy Johnson, and Roger Clemens.

  • Social Etiquette
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    Social Etiquette

    7 years ago

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  • National Education Association
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    National Education Association

    2 years ago

    I read a poll that found nearly half of Americans under 30 believe Socialism to be as good as Capitalism. There is a direct correlation in the results of the poll to age. The older one is in America the more likely to favor Free...

  • Baroque
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    Baroque

    3 years ago

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  • Payne Stewart Plane Crash
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    Payne Stewart Plane Crash

    3 years ago

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  • Orthodox Church
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    Orthodox Church

    2 years ago

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  • Roman Catholic Church
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    Roman Catholic Church

    3 months ago

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  • My Visit to Jerusalem
    83

    My Visit to Jerusalem

    3 years ago

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  • History About Christianity
    36

    History About Christianity

    4 months ago

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  • My Trip to The Holy Land
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    My Trip to The Holy Land

    9 months ago

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  • Obama Czars
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    Obama Czars

    9 months ago

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  • History of Israel: Part Three (1973- )
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    History of Israel: Part Three (1973- )

    13 months ago

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  • King Solomon
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    King Solomon

    6 weeks ago

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  • History of Israel: Part Two (1948-1972)
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    History of Israel: Part Two (1948-1972)

    13 months ago

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  • History of Israel
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    History of Israel

    13 months ago

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  • The Book of Hebrews
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    The Book of Hebrews

    10 months ago

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  • Orthodox Icons
    70

    Orthodox Icons

    7 months ago

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  • When Did Christianity Begin
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    When Did Christianity Begin

    8 months ago

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  • General Epistles
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    General Epistles

    11 months ago

    This is a brief summary of the key points of the General Epistles in the New Testament - the letters written by Peter, John, James, and Jude to the Church in all ages, messages for the Body of Christ.

  • Best Baseball Teams Ever
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    Best Baseball Teams Ever

    23 months ago

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  • Partition America
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    Partition America

    5 years ago

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  • Roman Catholic
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    Roman Catholic

    8 months ago

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  • St Paul the Apostle
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    St Paul the Apostle

    13 months ago

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    Dr Samuel Johnson Eulogy for his Wife Tetty

    2 years ago

    When the beloved wife of Dr Samuel Johnson, Tetty, died, he wrote an awesome eulogy for her. It is meant to make us think of what lies beyong this Vale of Tears; what lies Beyond the Grave.

  • Russia History
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    Russia History

    4 years ago

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  • When Did Christianity Start
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    When Did Christianity Start

    10 months ago

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  • My Home is the Oldest House in Orlando
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    My Home is the Oldest House in Orlando

    5 years ago

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  • Family Court
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    Family Court

    20 months ago

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  • First Man on the Moon
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    First Man on the Moon

    3 years ago

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  • History of Christianity
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    History of Christianity

    10 months ago

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    70

    American Art

    2 years ago

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  • Life Is Short
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    Life Is Short

    2 months ago

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  • Greatest Nine Players in Baseball History
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    Greatest Nine Players in Baseball History

    4 years ago

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  • ACLU
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    ACLU

    13 months ago

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  • Origin of Christianity
    327

    Origin of Christianity

    10 months ago

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  • Founding Fathers
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    Founding Fathers

    5 years ago

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  • The Art of Pitching
    65

    The Art of Pitching

    5 years ago

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  • Pompeii Naples Capri Sorrento
    74

    Pompeii Naples Capri Sorrento

    9 years ago

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  • Renaissance Paintings
    48

    Renaissance Paintings

    3 years ago

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  • The Progressive Movement
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    The Progressive Movement

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  • Rome Italy
    64

    Rome Italy

    14 months ago

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  • Monaco and Malta
    70

    Monaco and Malta

    5 years ago

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  • Wales Driving Tour
    89

    Wales Driving Tour

    9 years ago

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    Unions killed Michigan

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    Dr Johnson

    2 months ago

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    47

    A Brief History of Private Jets

    7 years ago

    Private Jets have been maligned in the press lately and the use of them harshly criticized by some politicians. This is the story of Private Jets (the short version). The first Private Jet was the Learjet 23, which came on the market in 1964. ...

  • Art in my Home
    145

    Art in my Home

    4 years ago

    The art in my home is not all old. On this page, the third in a series of three about art, I will present an eclectic mix of paintings I have acquired, beginning with some living artists who caught my eye recently. First up is a painting...

  • Rembrandt Paintings
    39

    Rembrandt Paintings

    8 years ago

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  • Beauty is the purpose of Art
    71

    Beauty is the purpose of Art

    4 years ago

    Assumption of the Virgin 1518 I want share some of the paintings in my home and here are a few examples. They are all copies, of course. Above is a photo of one of my favorite paintings, which is a replica of an alterpiece created by Titian in...

  • God is the creator of the universe
    132

    God is the creator of the universe

    5 years ago

    God created the world, meaning everything we can perceive and everybody you will ever meet. I think a look around tells us He is incredibly creative as evidenced by the number of species we continue to catalog; the perfect balance of the earth's...

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