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

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...

How to Avoid Becoming a Self-Righteous Virtue Signaler

Here is an online proponent for gun control, a man ignorant of the difference between a shotgun and a .22 rifle, decrying millions of gun owners as Nazis. There sits the woman who makes a point of telling her dinner companions, some of whom are...

Some Thoughts on Halloween and Ray Bradbury

In 2015, blogger Amanda Russo posted a humorous piece “Why Halloween Is Actually A Pretty Weird Holiday.” As Russo says, on Halloween we encourage our kids to take candy from strangers. We threaten our neighbors with “Trick or Treat.” We spend a...

How Dumbed Down Education is Creating a National Security Crisis

In Wind Sprints: Shorter Essays, Joseph Epstein, one of America’s great essayists, includes a piece “How I Learned to Love the Draft” in which he offered his reasons for the restoration of compulsory military service. After reading Epstein’s reasons...

No Mas: Enforce the Law, Protect Our Borders

"In the absence of faith, we govern by tenderness. And tenderness leads to the gas chamber." - Flannery O’Connor   A country that can’t control its borders is by definition no longer a country.   As I write these words, 7,...

Whatever Happened to Coffee Shop Courtesy?

“I’ve become that guy who sits in the corner and keeps his opinions to himself.”   I am working away on my laptop in a coffee shop that serves as my second home when the man at the nearby table speaks those words. Here’s a sixty-something...

Something Wicked this Way Comes: Sexbots are in production

You arrive home from a long day of work. Your partner greets you at the door with your favorite beverage, eases you into a chair, and massages your shoulders to get rid of the kinks accumulated by the day. Supper—healthy and one of your favorite...

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