Category Archives: History and Philosophy

A series of essays on human history, philosophy, theology, and the search for personal knowledge.

God is Love

God is mysterious. God is unknowable. God’s ways are unfathomable. Yet like the wind, the air we breathe, God’s presence is unmistakable. Reasoning, trying to figure out God and His ways, is a dead end. Feeling, intuition, sensing His presence, … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Hazard, Jeremy Belknap, and the American Revolution

My book, “Ebenezer Hazard, Jeremy Belknap, and the American Revolution,” has been republished by Routledge. Ebenezer Hazard was a surveyor of post roads and scientist during the War for Independence. Jeremy Belknap was a clergyman, scientist, and historian. Their epistles … Continue reading

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New novella, The Christmas Miracle, available on Kindle:

https://read.amazon.com/litb/B08MCQNLMR?f=1&l=en_US&r=9c91268e&ref_=litb_m The Christmas Miracle, a new novella about the search for release from the fear of death. Available for purchase on Kindle.

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Harriet Jenkins Wiggin of Massachusetts

Harriet E. Jenkins was born in Vermont sometime in 1815, possibly to John and Mary Jenkins. She was a little girl of 12 in 1828 when she worked on a sampler using needle and thread. She sewed white thread on … Continue reading

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Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis is a strange story about a man who awakes one day to find himself transformed, or metamorphosed, into a bug-like creature with many small skinny legs, antennae, and a hard shell. His appetites change and he can … Continue reading

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George Washington Amos III, Arkansas Farmer, 1845-1916

George Washington Amos was son of George Washington Amos II, who was son of George Washington Amos I. GW Amos III was born in Talbot County, Georgia, on February 28, 1845. His family moved to Alabama when he was young, … Continue reading

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Hugh Crawford, Scottish Paper Stainer and Emigrant to America, 1789-1857

Hugh Crawford was born in Glasgow on January 31, 1789; he died in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on July 1, 1857 when he was 68. He was the second-born son of John Crawford and Agnes Wright of Glasgow. He had many … Continue reading

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Arthur Hamilton Phillips, Farmer and Factory Foreman of New Brunswick and Rhode Island, 1869-1939

Arthur Hamilton Phillips was born in New Brunswick in 1869, the son of Thomas Phillips, an immigrant from Ireland, and Charlotte Kingston, a native of New Brunswick. It is unclear precisely where in New Brunswick Arthur was born. His sister … Continue reading

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Montaigne’s Lesson about Life

“We are great fools,” Montaigne declared, in Of Experience. “I have done nothing today,” the fool says. “What! Have you not lived?” The living of life is a sufficient task. “Have you known how to . . . manage your … Continue reading

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William Wilburn Amos, Arkansas and Oklahoma Farmer

William Wilburn Amos was born on April 18, 1867, in Pike Co., Alabama, in the southern part of the state, to George Washington Amos III and Mary Jane Carter Amos. William was their first-born son. He was brought up as … Continue reading

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