Monthly Archives: July 2011


First Blog Post…

“Merhaba.”    That’s Turkish for “hello.”    My sister-in-law Peggy taught me that  word years ago and now I may actually get to use the greeting when I visit the country of Turkey soon. I am traveling to Turkey with Peggy, my brother Phil (Peggy’s husband), and my brother Steve. Peggy, a professor at American University […]

  • Scratch Beginnings

    Book Review: “Scratch Beginnings”Reviews

    [learn_more caption=Info] Book: “Scratch Beginnings“ Subtitled: ” Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream” Authors:Adam W. Shepard, Publisher: Harper Paperbacks Summary: Adam Shepard graduated from college in the summer of 2006 feeling disillusioned by the apathy he saw around him and incensed after reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s famous works Nickel and Dimed and Bait and […]

  • The GI Bill

    Book Review: “The GI Bill”Reviews

    [learn_more caption=Info] Book: “The GI Bill: The New Deal for Veterans” Subtitled: ” The New Deal for Veterans” Authors: Glenn C. Altschuler and Stuart M. Blumin Publication date: 2009 Summary: On rare occasions in American history, Congress enacts a measure so astute, so far-reaching, so revolutionary, it enters the language as a metaphor. The Marshall […]

  • Descartes' Bones

    Book Review: “Descartes’ Bones”Reviews

    [learn_more caption=Info] Book: “DESCARTES’ BONES” Subtitled: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason Summary: A New York Times Notable BookSixteen years after René Descartes’ death in Stockholm in 1650, a pious French ambassador exhumed the remains of the controversial philosopher to transport them back to Paris. Thus began a 350-year saga that […]