Tag Archives: heroes

Notes from 2017: Who doesn’t love a hero?

On January 16, The Times of London posed a question to Donald Trump:  “Do you have any models – are there heroes that you steer by – people you look up to from the past.” In reply Mr. Trump said,: “Well, I … Continue reading

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Two views of the hero myth

In a recent post, I discussed heroes and anti-heroes in spy movies and westerns.  This is the followup post I promised, but I’m going to leave the realm of popular heroes – those of fiction, entertainment, sports, and all who … Continue reading

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Notes on spies, cowboys, and heroes.

I’ve done some car travel recently, and that is my favorite time to listen to audio books.  This time I picked a spy novel by a popular author I hadn’t read before.  I’ll discuss the specifics when I finish the … Continue reading

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Forgotten Hero Honored – 67 Years Later

At 5:30am on the morning of Dec. 16, 1944, a massive German artillery barrage along an 80 mile front in the Ardenne Forest opened the Battle of the Bulge, the bloodiest conflict of WWII.  The battle, which raged until late … Continue reading

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Kung Fu Panda 2: A Movie Review

Figuring that the return of Captain Jack Sparrow was an excuse to venture out to the movies again, I suggested to Mary that we see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean, but she had other ideas.  She showed me the … Continue reading

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A Childhood Story I Have Never Forgotten: The Death of Balder

“Like many children, I read to be scared witless, to be less lonely, to believe in other possibilities.” – Amy Tan When I was young, I spent hours devouring a ten volume set of stories and poems called, Journeys Through … Continue reading

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Our Heroes Have No Shame

For some time I’ve been mulling over the qualities that make fictional characters unforgettable.  Among other things, they seem to like themselves and champion themselves unconditionally.  They are comfortable in their own skins.   Even when they mess up badly, they are … Continue reading

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