Monthly Archives: June 2017

“The Classic book of American short stories” published by Oxford and with an introduction by Douglas Grant, 1990.

The fourteen short stories in Oxford’s 1990 collection highlight the diversity of life in the burgeoning United States. It is not a pretty picture. The stories contained within are loosely chronological from mid nineteenth to twentieth century: Nathaniel Hawthorne “My … Continue reading

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Learning from our past: how the tale of “CuChulainn” can show us some ways forward…

Introduction:   I am fascinated by what values my Irish ancestors saw as worthy of mythologizing. After examining these qualities, I believe our past may offer an insight into how we might behave in the future. Have we lost touch with some … Continue reading

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Review: “This boy: A memoir of a childhood” by Alan Johnson

Introduction:   My mother gave me a copy of Alan Johnson’s “This boy: A memoir of a childhood” earlier this year, and I hungrily devoured it in a day recently! It is a wonderfully written history of a childhood growing … Continue reading

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