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About whispersfrombabylon

A father. A son. A priest. A scholar, a lawyer

Trollope-

I thought I had  read the entire Trollope corpus, but I keep discovering  more. I just finished `He Knew He Was Right` .   I recommend the marvelous worlds of Trollope to anyone who loves character and language.

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TIME

Massey College in the University of Toronto in an extraordinary collegial community. Modelled on All Souls Oxford, it elects Senior Fellows from across the Academy and also from the broader Community.   My friend Ken and I were elected to … Continue reading

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LETTERS HOME 2

Part Two – Muskrat Falls Let me turn now to something of particular importance to Newfoundland and Labrador’s economic future.  For better or for worse, Muskrat Falls is a mega-project involving both great financial cost but also great potential gain. … Continue reading

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LETTERS HOME

Thank you for allowing Debora Coyne and myself, to contribute to your ongoing discussions about the economy of Newfoundland and Labrador. I want to emphasize up front that I am by nature an optimist not a pessimist.  I am not … Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT

Last night I watched the movie “Spotlight”.  It was my second viewing, the first being over Christmas with and  at the insistence of my oldest son, who still cannot wrap his mind around what he refers to  as the ‘irrationality … Continue reading

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“Eternity”- Outside of Time- what’s old is new again

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2000/08/in-defense-of-immortality In Defense of Immortality In 1904, less than six years before his death, William James made a revealing statement in response to a questionnaire circulated by his former student James Pratt. To the question, “Do you believe in personal … Continue reading

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MOVING BEYOND ME

Youth springs to life with embarrassment and  self-consciousness, age  oftimes  dawns  with boring self-obsession. I know nothing more tedious whether in myself or in others than ‘woe is me’ sentimentality.  I dislike myself when I fall prey to ‘meism’, and … Continue reading

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