A Tale of Two Republics

A Tale of Two Republics. Rome, during the early and middle Republican periods actually had a better system for choosing their leaders than we do in the modern United States. Anyone who aspired to the highest political position had to go through the Cursus Honorum. An ambitious young Roman, usually of patrician or equestrian background, [...]

Book Review: The Scent of Hyacinth by Sharrie Siebert Goff

The Scent of Hyacinth is a sequel to the Arms of Quirinus, the first book in a series of historical fiction books about the Kings of Rome. The first book tells the story Romulus, the founder and first King of Rome, and this one tell of his successor, the long-reigning Numa Pompilius. Sherrie Siebert Goff [...]

The Last Carthaginian is Now Available on Amazon and Kindle

I have just published the third in my series of historical novels about the Second and Third Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage. The Death of Carthage told the story of the Second and Third Punic Wars from the point of view of the Romans. In the Wake of Hannibal told the story of the [...]

Why Did the Romans Destroy Carthage?

The Punic wars were a pivotal point in Roman history. Rome emerged from them literally ready and able to conquer the world.      After the Second Punic War, Carthage was subdued. They were devoid of warships, war elephants and sources of mercenary soldiers. They could not even effectively defend themselves against their Numidian neighbors who [...]

The Prospect of President Pence

I think that political progressives need to be prepared for the prospect of a Pence presidency. In my observation, Donald Trump does not appear to have the physical or mental fitness to handle the job of President, and this will become increasingly obvious over the first few months of his presidency. Why do I believe [...]

The Greater Evil

In my last blog post, I advised my readers to vote for the lesser evil. A majority of my fellow Americans didn’t see it my way and now we find ourselves under the rule of the greater evil. What will this mean for our lives? Economically, we are already seeing profound effects of our choice. [...]

Why Vote for the Lesser of Evils?

I did volunteer work for San Francisco Suicide Prevention for a number of years. I found that the biggest commonality troubled people have is the inability to put things into proportion. People with severe emotional problems tend to lose their sense of what is important and what is not. To use an admittedly tired cliché, [...]

King John, Treachery and Tyranny in Medieval England by Marc Morris

One of my English friends on Face Book says that King John is considered the worst king England ever had. After reading the details of King John’s life and reign in historian Marc Morris’s book, I would have to conclude that that is probably true. If I were to write a continuation of Plutarch’s Parallel [...]

Donald Trump and His Taxes

The most telling moment of last night’s presidential debate came when Hillary Clinton suggested that, for years, Donald Trump has paid no taxes on his billions of dollars in income. He did not deny it, in fact he said “That makes me smart!” Every American should be outraged by this. You pay taxes. I pay [...]

Guest Post by Wanetta Doty

Hearing the police officer in the helicopter through his limited social filter say about Mr. Crutcher: “…he looks like one real, bad dude,” struck a chord in me. I can’t sit back and watch these atrocities occur over and over again and remain silent. It’s UN-AMERICAN. It’s not just because my only child is a [...]