A blog allows one to pontificate without the additional inconvenience of having to be Pope. Bless you, my children (in the nicest, most secular way, of course). This blog records the admittedly often cranky reflections of a retired Professor of Philosophy with strongly conservative inclinations. The reflections range over a wide variety of topics that include philosophy, history, biography, and language. Please refrain from sanctimony — thank you for stifling any tempting platitudes.