Charles Clanton Rogers

Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history, philosophical essays and International Blogging

Othering, Fears, Dragons and The Devil  There are no “others”. “[Our genetic] history is messy: we are all the product of a tangled bush of genetic relationships between ancient and modern human groups.  Our genes demonstrate that none of us can claim to have ancestry from just a single region or place, as people have been …

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  ‘Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”  (OZ: “The Great and Powerful Wizard.”) By the completion of  Frank Baum’s  classic allegory parable: The Wizard of Oz,  everyone sees that the man behind the curtain is a charlatan.  For the entire tale, the protagonist have been deceived by an ordinary liar attempting to convince them …

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Franklin Roosevelt: “…the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself… So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have  to fear is…fear itself…nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and …

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     FDR IS DEAD!     On Thursday, the 12th day of April 1945, at the age of  69, The Commander-in-Chief  of The United States Armed Forces  and de facto leader of “the free World” in the apex of the World history’s largest war, had a sudden severe headache ….and died. Number four in the …

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  [Jazz- Icon of Twentieth Century America] In 1940, we moved to San Angelo, Texas where I started to school.  I had been “home schooled” by a full-time tutor, my grandmother (still, my best teacher) and I experienced my first day in a classroom without a parent.  It was nearly overwhelming.  It was a class …

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Jazz – Icon of The Twentieth Century America I was born in The Thirties: Everything was seen through the lens of the Great Depression.                       Full and healthy employment in 1929 at 3.2% abruptly shifted with the crash on Wall Street and ensuing global depression. Unemployment During the …

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Six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant’s body. The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the …

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Annie Dillard,  in her lighthouse of ideas for writers, (1) reminds us that an author must present  a part of truth as the writer knows it; but it must be authentic.                                                    …

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  (1) Let’s all look through all of the telescopes! “Galileo’s discovery of the telescope in 1609  enabled him to confirm his beliefs in the Copernican system and emboldened him to make public arguments in its favor. Through a telescope set in his garden behind his house, Galileo saw the Milky Way, the valleys and mountains of the …

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                  bbnewsab and I have been discussing evidence and characterization of persons, their thoughts,  their beliefs. And their rationalizations. My Swedish college brings us this TED Talk by Robert Sapolsky, Professor Neuroscience of Standford. I have been reading A Primate’s Memoir, by Professor Sapolsky. You must view …

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The great psychiatrists have been European: e.g.: Reil, Feud, Kraepelinian. Frankl. With the miracle of the “cyber couch”, I have a  Swedish psychiatrist! [PV]     I received his analysis of me today which I’m going  to “Share” [social media influence] PV: “Sometimes I almost suspect that you, in an earlier life must have been an …

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The importance of the Torah in The Literature of Western Culture     with  bbnewsab (PV) To read the Western Canon one must know at least the vocabulary of  The Tyndal Bible which starts with The Christian “Old Testament”, which is The Hebrew Bible. The Tyndale Bible (Coverdale, ed.) was the Bible of Shakespeare and Elizabethan period; not …

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“I want to be in your arms, where you hold me tight and Never let me go.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go I am retired. I only write reviews of books that have moved into and are camped out in my mind along with books by Thoreau, Russell, Doctorow. Dostoevsky, Dickens, Hemingway and Frost.  There …

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My cyber friend, bbnewsab, asked me to relate something about my favorite authors. I decided that I would start with Mary Doria Russell, a recent (to me) author discovery and one who rapidly leaped to close to the top of my favorite list of writers. Also, I chose her, today, because I had previously written these reviews. I …

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SOAR: a template for physicians; a template for human life. Learning how to navigate problems as a physician taught me to navigate through life’s puzzles. I have had many opportunities in my life. One advantage was admission to my medical school. While learning how to manage diseases, I learned how to approach Life’s greatest challenges. …

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In the wake of the past week, I wish to re-publish this essay and request your attention and consideration. If I have your attention, let me clearly state that I do not want to obtain a wholesale swap of the reader’s convictions to what you may believe are mine. I intend to move no one …

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It seems an essential component of Television News and a favorite of internet videos,  are dramatic reports of people who, with great courage and determination, have overcome a congenital handicap or physical injury, to achieve a remarkable skill. Quadriplegics and amputees are shown painting art with a teeth held brush, or dancing and running on …

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“Our life runs down in sending up the clock. The brook runs down in sending up our life. The Sun runs down in sending up the brook. And there is something sending up the Sun.” Robert Frost, WEST RUNNING BROOK [Revision] Fewer than one-half of Americans accept the concept of evolution. Almost 100 years after …

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