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.

Recent blog posts by this author

Swimming Upstream in a Turbulent Society

"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly."                                ...

Questions, But No Answer

Questions about various events, propositions, and ideas in our culture and politics have me bemused, baffled, and bewildered. As a young woman in Tennessee once said when I asked for directions, “Well, I am just plain bumfuzzled.” Bumfuzzled....

Is It Time to Dump the SAT?

Several years ago, a bright 25-year-old told me about her time tutoring those taking the SAT tests in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She worked hard to prep young people for these college admissions tests, demanded much of her students, and set the...

Seven Ways to Remain Sane in an Age of Insanity

As society becomes more and more radicalized—some might say more demented—advocating ever-greater government control, denigrating the Bill of Rights, calling for the abolition of the Electoral College, and touting a Green New Deal that would...

Looking for Springtime in an Age of Outrage

I am not a fan of talk-show radios. Too many commercials, too little charity. Nor am I a follower of Glenn Beck. I’ve read one of his novels, The Christmas Sweater, and Miracles and Massacres: True and Untold Stories of the Making of America, but...

What an Old Sears Roebuck Catalogue Teaches Us About Gun Control

As I write these words, a reproduction of the 1897 Sears Roebuck Catalogue, published in 1968 by Chelsea House, sits at my elbow. The fat catalog is a casual reader’s delight and a historian’s treasure trove. Here are medicines like laudanum,...

Will the Future Judge Us in the Same Way We Judge the Past?

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. - L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between   In the summer of 1973, I spent a week in Bavaria, where I met an older woman whom I’ll call Heidi. Fifty years before, Heidi’s father...

Bonfires of Bigotry: The Sources of Our Present Anger

A few questions for my readers: When you are shopping at WalMart or your local mall, do you constantly assess people by the color of their skin? When the pigmentation of the clerk behind the register at the grocery store differs from your own...

Do You Want Fries With That? Thoughts on a Liberal Arts Major

Over the past two decades, the liberal arts have taken a beating. University students in droves have backed away from taking degrees in English literature, history, and philosophy, turning instead to what they regard as more marketable majors such...

What the Magic Kingdom and American Culture Have in Common

Americans need not visit Orlando to go to Fantasyland. Instead, we can just pop onto the Internet and visit websites offering news and commentary. Day after day these sites trot out delusions concocted and entertained by some of our fellow...

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