Sieges and Symphonies

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the lifting of the Siege of Leningrad by the Red Army. While not the climactic battle of the Second World War the Siege of Leningrad was a nearly nine-hundred-day long siege that resulted in roughly one-million military and civilian deaths. After the initial breakthrough into the Soviet Union created…

Colonels and Government

I initially conceived this article as "Colonels and Dictators" after reading about the recently elected Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, who was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Ethiopian Army before being appointed in April of 2018. Clearly Ahmed is not a dictator, but the fact he was a Colonel made me think of a few…

On Writing and Purpose

Why do we write? Often writing is meant to present facts and opinions. Yet, there is more to this as the question begs to be answered. However, no two people truly will give the same answer to it. Thus, it is contingent on the writer to establish why they write. While this comes across as…

On Blogging

Blogging is a topic I have usually considered to be reserved to those on the fringes of society i.e. conspiracy theorists peddling their nonsensical ideas or some moribund housewife that simply doesn't have an outlet to express herself. Obviously, these assumptions are wrong as everyone can create a blog on any topic they want, and…