-Family,

Christmas 1958 - Steve, Tom, and Grandpa Wiebe. Family.

 

Family, Memoirs.

So Long, Steve

My brother Steve, Stephen Alton Wiebe, died recently of heart failure; he was 66 years old. Steve's wife, family and friends were around him at the end of his life, a life whose last years were painful and difficult. Steve, my older brother, is no longer suffering. I will miss him.

Book Book Review, Title Monument Road, Author Charlie Quimby, Rating 4.5,

Monument Road

Charlie Quimby

Book Review

Reviews.

Laconic Love

It was a pleasure to soak in the deep water that is this novel. Charlie Quimby brought back alive a world I have had only episodic contact with in my life: small towns in the far country. It was not as much the characters in this novel, but their sensibility, their rhythms of speech and actions that were recognizable from my past forays beyond the city. After the pleasure of remembrance past is the pleasure of a deceptively simple love story. It is not one of gushing romance or erotic desires, but one of sharing a full life, of living for the other person, of being deeply grateful that fate brought a companion who could see you for what you are, and who unselfishly did the everyday things that add up to a lifetime of devotion.

Book Book Review, Title Perfect Rigor, Author Masha Gessen, Rating 3.5,

Perfect Rigor

Masha Gessen

Book Review

Reviews, Science.

Too simply pure

The Poincaré conjecture, one of the great unsolved topological problems, was finally proven at the end of the 20th century by Grigoriy Perelman, a Russian mathematician of genius. Topology might be described as distilled geometry. The historian Masha Gessen, who grew up herself in the Russian mathematical culture, invites us into the Aspergian milieu of world-class geometers to tease out the tale.

Pocket Review, Title Diner, Studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Rating 4.5,

Diner (1982)

Director: Barry Levinson

Pocket Review

Films, Reviews.

Diner: A movie that never gets old

Diner immediately draws you into a group and a world as if you had always belonged there. After high school, a group of guys continue to meet regularly at their favorite Diner to shoot the shit. They are more comfortable in each other's company than they are with their girlfriends.

-PD-US,

PD-US.

 

Observations.

What is enlightenment?

"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. ... Sapere Aude! (Dare to know!) Have courage to use your own understanding!" Kant's famous 1784 essay about Enlightenment still has something of value for us today. He argues that the courage to think for ones self provides the impetus for a progressive society. To act maturely means to resist blind conformity and to respectfully question authority.
-PD-US,

PD-US.

 

Religion, Reviews.

Reforming progress

Calvinist philosophy professor Theodore Plantinga suggests that 'post-Enlightenment' Protestants, so as to act progressively or correctly in support of individual liberties, should embrace the Protestant faith, building their responses to the world on the foundation of Calvin and Luther, rather than embrace 'short-sighted' Enlightenment ideas. How does Plantinga justify his view that the societal direction of Western civilization can be improved by eschewing the Enlightenment influence and replacing it with the Reformational Christian outlook of the 16th century?

Pocket Review, Title Band Of Brothers, Studio HBO, Rating 5.0,

Band Of Brothers (2001)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Pocket Review

Films, Reviews.

Band of Brothers: A movie that never gets old

Band of Brothers is intimate, sobering, and gives some sense of the bonds formed in war by soldiers facing death together. It is an account of a cohort of U.S. airborne troops, beginning with their training through their World War II combat experiences in Normandy, Holland, the Ardennes Forest, Alsace and Bavaria, culminating in the post-war occupation of Bavaria and central Austria. This is the best war movie ever made.