Essays, works of fiction and personal reflections.
July 18, 2022
A bike ride in the country
An afternoon task turns into an unexpected adventure.
July 5, 2022
What 'Obi-Wan Kenobi' teaches us about love and hate
Disney's recent 'Star Wars' series hinges on the complicated love/hate relationship between the show’s titular character and Darth Vader/Anakin Skywalker.
September 28, 2021
Does psychology explain the ethos of the American South?
As authoritarian parents breed rebellious children, maybe authoritarian societies also breed rebellious societies.
September 18, 2021
IRA gunrunning: A look from the other side
Boston's most infamous crime boss features ominously in the history of the Provisional IRA.
August 18, 2021
What next in Afghanistan?
Don't automatically assume the United States won't work with the Taliban. History — and politics — suggests both sides might be open to it.
August 2, 2021
Initial thoughts on Dostoevsky's 'The Idiot'
Considering the conclusions one might draw from the renowned Russian writer's third major work.
July 19, 2021
Loyalists don’t trust the British government either
Loyal to the country, but not to the government. Northern Ireland’s loyalist community has always existed in a state of precariousness between Britain and Ireland.
July 12, 2021
The acceptance of death as the key to happiness in 'War and Peace'
Tolstoy uses ancient philosophical and religious themes to explain Pierre and Andrei's search for life's meaning.
July 5, 2021
Ulster unionism is in crisis
Facing one of its worst crises in a century, the future of the union is in serious doubt.
June 7, 2021
Morality at the intersection of theism and atheism
Atheists and theologians may not disagree on morality as much as it seems.
May 31, 2021
Russian nationalism in Tolstoy’s 'War and Peace'
Napoleon's campaigns helped stir a sense of nationalism in Russia, demonstrated by several characters in Tolstoy's novel.