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

Real Hope and Change: It Begins With Us

Over the years, I have encountered some well-meaning Christians consoling guilt-ridden family members or friends. Perhaps they abused their spouses, or hit the bottle too many times, or were sent to prison for dealing dope. Perhaps they betrayed a...

My Life as a Terrorist

Before I begin this narrative, you need to know I am not a frequent flyer. In fact, I am an infrequent flyer. In the last twenty years, I have boarded an aircraft three times. Please bear that in mind. In August, I went online and purchased a...

Fate and Accountability: The Choice Makes Us Who We Are

In “The Appointment In Samarra,” his brief retelling of a an ancient Mesopotamian tale, W. Somerset Maugham offers this look at fate: Death speaks: There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a...

America Is a ‘Bananas’ Republic

Every morning, I visit four or five of my favorite news sites to see whether Venusians have invaded planet earth, the vampires are under control, Trump Derangement Syndrome is alive and well, and the sun is still shining. This morning there was...

Neat Freak No More: Some Thoughts on Housekeeping

Yesterday morning I walked through the kitchen of the house where I am living and, like the Apostle Paul, the scales fell from my eyes. My scales disappeared when I recognized the kitchen for the untidy pit it had become. For well over an hour I...

Lies, Bias, and Twisted Facts: MSNBC and Media Bias

Over my decades as a writer, I’ve seen the two faces of the media. This past April, an editor from The Epoch Times (ET) sent me an email telling me she had enjoyed my articles on Intellectual Takeout and wondered if I might talk to her about...

Trump: Somebody Had to Confront China

Let’s pay a visit to Little China in Front Royal, Virginia. I’m not talking about China City Buffet, that wonderful restaurant where I used to take my grandkids for their birthdays. Nor do I mean the nearby Virginia International Academy,...

How Women Got the Vote: You Might Be Surprised

One hundred years ago this month, the Women’s Suffrage Amendment became the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. This amendment is simple and reads as follows: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be...

Spreading Their Wings: How to Help Young People Succeed in College

It’s that time of year and that time of life. You pack your car or van full of clothes, electronic devices, a lamp or two, sheets, blankets, and a pillow, some basic food supplies, and all the rest of the paraphernalia necessary for your 18-year-...

Retooling Pronouns: Let’s Bring Back the Royal ‘We’

Queen Victoria, so the story goes, sometimes resorted to the royal “we.” “We are not amused,” she might remark – one assumes with a sniff – at some slightly off-color story or inopportune remark. But whom did the queen intend by “we?” The spirit...

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