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Puritan Background to Hawthorne

As I mentioned in the meeting on Monday, Hawthorne misrepresents Puritanism in “Young Goodman Brown” and The Scarlet Letter.  In fact, Hawthorne depicts Puritans as the opposite of their actual faith and practices. 340 more words

Literary Periods

Review on Annie's Story, Blessed With A Gift, from a Reader in India

I received a Tweet just the other day, telling me a reader on the other side of the world had read, enjoyed, and written a review on amazon.in. 258 more words

Historical Fiction

Excerpt from Making Belief

“Physicists tell us reality is a lot less Puritan than we imagine. Time doesn’t march to a steady beat. It gyrates to different rhythms, dilated by gravity and speed. 52 more words

Ready: Developing Affections in an Adulterous World

“Listen! My beloved!
Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
bounding over the hills.”

He’s leaping and bounding towards us. He’s coming over the horizon.

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Perhaps my favorite law from yesteryear

Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1675

May 3, 1675: A Massachusetts law goes into effect requiring church doors to be locked during services. Officials enacted the law because too many people were leaving before sermons were over.”



Chapter 4: Beauty is the troubled water that brings disasters – Part 3

Singling out Christianity for further illustration purposes, the strictness of some value sys­tems becomes apparent when one contemplates the amount and extent of principles regu­lating sexuality. 745 more words


Chapter 4: Beauty is the troubled water that brings disasters - Part 2

The truism that the love for sex and the love for power go hand in hand is quite well established. Yet the real reason behind males’ horniness is not social, legal, or political power, but simply the deluge of testosterone to which they are permanently exposed. 779 more words

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