Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

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Jeff Minick is a free-lance writer and teacher living in Front Royal, Virginia. He may be found online at jeffminick.com.

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The Easiest Holiday Gift that Everyone Really Wants

For twenty years, I offered seminars in Latin, history, and literature to home-educated students. When the Christmas season rolled around, I brought paper, envelopes, and stamps to class, and asked students to write a letter of gratitude to someone...

Why Are Millennial Women So Into Guns?

Sarah is an attractive, petite, thirty-something mother and homemaker. She lives in a middle-class home near Asheville, North Carolina, is conservative in her politics and devout in her religious practices, and remains deeply in love with her...

Are White Women Dupes?

Let me introduce you to three women. Because of the ugly political times in which we live, I have changed their names, but these are women I know well, all of them white.   Let’s start with Katie. She and her husband, an attorney, have...

The Gifts of Gratitude

"Thank you for the world so sweet, Thank you for the food we eat, Thank you for the birds that sing, Thank you, God, for everything."                            ...

Does it Pay to ‘Buy Local’?

When I was a boy in Boonville, North Carolina, population 600 in the early 1960s, my mom used to take us shopping a couple of times a year in nearby Winston-Salem. Once I asked her why we didn’t shop there more often. The stores offered far more...

Why the Enlightenment Thinkers Understood the Need for Religion

In January I resolved to read Will and Ariel Durant’s magnum opus The Story Of Civilization before the end of the year. It is now early November, and I have finished Volume X of this series, Rousseau and Revolution, meaning I should fulfill my self-...

The Best Way to Fight Political Hysteria

The week after Halloween, my first-grade grandson asked if I was afraid of monsters.   “Only human ones,” I said. The confusion on his face alerted me to shift gears. “No, I’m not afraid of monsters. The older you get, the less you are...

Why the Great War Matters Today

1918. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.   That hour, that day, and that month brought an armistice to the First World War, a conflict that proved just the prelude to the bloodiest century in the history of...

Kristallnacht: Are We Experiencing the Modern Version?

November 9th marks the eightieth anniversary of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, in Germany. Earlier that month in 1938, a young Jew of Polish descent, Herschel Grynszpan, having learned of his family’s forced expulsion from their...

The F-Bomb and the Age of Public Crudity

Let’s start with a question: Is anyone other than your correspondent sick of the public use of the “F-word"?   Hollywood actors, celebrities, politicians, commentators, bloggers and those who comment on blogs sling the word around...

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