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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.” — Frank Herbert, Dune

The Year of Fear

Are you afraid?

2020 has given us reason for fear, particularly those of us in the U.S.: the coronavirus pandemic, nightly riots in the streets of our greatest cities, and fires that rage uncontained across millions of acres, leaving behind sluggish curtains of ash in a grim parody of wintertime snowfall.

But that’s not all. In the wake of forced business closures, the decline of commercial real estate, and unparalleled government spending, we see the shadows of national economic decline or perhaps even collapse.

These are troubling times. But the thing about troubling times, is that they tend to bring…

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“The road goes ever on and on, Down from the door where it began” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

For a while I’ve felt an ache in my intellectual bones, an itch in the brain that just won’t go away on its own. I’ve decided to scratch that itch and see where it leads, but it’s not something I can do alone.

I’m going to become a writer!

When I was seven, I penned a story about my future self. It went something like this:

“I get married to a beautiful woman and have two children, a boy and a girl. I write books, explore, and adventure.”

Fast-forward to today:

I’m married to the beautiful and intelligent love of my life, have a swarm of…

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He sat across from me, arms crossed and regarded me dispassionately from beneath the brim of his dark grey fedora. His tailored, pinstriped suit matched the hat, and he wore a red silk tie, the very picture of a 1940s mobster with a dash of modern flair.

Six months ago, he had been a nobody. Then he had been a dark horse. When his operation emerged from Asia and quickly picked up speed in Europe and the Middle East, we knew we were dealing with something new. Now he’s taking America by storm.

Meet Covid. The man whose name graces…

Why I sometimes pay attention to Twitter, Facebook, or Medium

Amidst the morass of information, expressed feelings, statistics, and quotes proferred by the Twitters, Facebooks, Reddits, and Mediums of the world wide web, it is occasionally possible to spot something of incredible beauty, something so rare and elusive that upon encountering it, I have been stunned into slack-jawed silence.

What is it?

A simple, clear, strong, and well articulated thought.

Is it possible that in the thrall of the digital era, in which traditional barriers to sharing our thoughts have been rendered meaningless, we have lost our ability to recognize good thought?

Has expression become its own merit, while the…

Paul Michael De Goes

Human, Christian, Husband and Father, I live and love because Christ first loved me.

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