• The origins of Brother Jonathan

    Posted in From the Archives on Sep 07, 2011

    During the Revolutionary War, George Washington was sometimes at the mercy of desperation: he was unable to gather men and supplies he needed. At such times he would say "We must consult Brother Jonathan," whereupon he contacted his friend Jonathan Trumbull of Connecticut, the only colonial Royal Governor in support of the patriot cause. Trumbull seemed always able to provide the counsel and supplies which Washington needed. To the British, he was a traitor, but to Washington, a friend in need. Out of this arose the saying "We must consult Brother Jonathan" as a general term which Americans un...

  • To love truth more than beauty

    Posted in From the Archives on Aug 09, 2009

    This was originally posted at the date and time in the byline, but on my Facebook account. Later, I ported it along with a few other snippets here to my WordPress journal, as my purposes with social media shifted more inward. WordPress thankfully allows back-dating a post, so here it is. It's still one of my favorite gems, and I mention it from time to time in conversation with friends.

    The two men locked swords, and swung and parried for a few moments. Swiftly, Descartes brought his sword in one last time and delivered a final blow. His opponent's sword flew up into the air. Descartes put the...