Grimm’s Fairy Tales by John Skousen

November 11, 2016

If the Grimms' Fairy Tales were not original, how old are the original stories?

One Swedish folklorist, Anna Brigitta Rooth, has observed the considerable complexity of the stories.  Notably, she reportedly coined the term, "Cinderella Cycle," wherein she identified seven hundred versions of the basic Cinderella story. The task was to discern which type of Cinderella variant was the original tale and to determine how the original tale spread.

What purposes were served by the proliferation of these magical tales?

Did the tales satisfy some unfulfilled needs of the ancient and medieval civilizations?

Are there any obscure messages in the fairy tale that may be surprising?

John Skousen practices law in Irvine, California, and is a partner at Fisher Phillips LLP, a national labor employment law firm. 


Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” by Curt Duke

November 10, 2016

“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too...Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.” If, by Rudyard Kipling.

Among Rudyard Kipling’s writings, The Jungle Book is one of his most popular. It is one of many children's books written by Kipling—who was also a prolific poet. In 1907, Kipling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature—making him the first author to awarded this prize for literature in the English language.

Mr. Duke is an archaeologist who specializes in southern California prehistory. He received his B.A. in Anthropology in 1994 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his M.A. in Anthropology in 2006 from California State University, Fullerton. His M.A. thesis focused on prehistoric mortuary analysis in southern California.



John Muir, “A Voice for the Wilderness” by Joseph Platt

August 15, 2016
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in, and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike, John Muir The Yosemite, 1912.
John Muir came to the wilds of Wisconsin from Scotland as a young boy in 1849. He became a self-taught naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and powerful advocate for the preservation of wilderness. His letters, essays, and books have been read by millions and have shaped our thinking about our relationship with wildness. His activism helped to preserve the Yosemite Valley, Sequoia National Park and other wilderness areas.
Although John endured an austere and puritanical upbringing, he kept his faith in God by finding Him in nature and becoming His cleric. He wrote: “No synonym for God is so perfect as Beauty.” By exploring the life of John Muir we can accept his invitation to discover that, “Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”

“Teddy Roosevelt, ‘Rough Rider’” by Dyke Huish

July 15, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He believed it was his destiny to lead the people of the United States into the Twentieth Century. He believed it was his duty to make government the guarantor of a “square deal” for all Americans—particularly recent immigrants, the poor, and the inhabitants of great cities. He also believed that the United States must take its place among the great powers of the world, that with the help of a greatly expanded navy it must fill the vacuum being left by the decline of the British Empire. Roosevelt was a successful author, big game hunter, and global adventurer. He was simply great. Perhaps no one in American History more personifies who Americans are and hope to become.


Thomas Jefferson: Genius or Hypocrite by Brett London

June 8, 2016

Thomas Jefferson was arguably the most influential Founding Father. Yet, some historians consider Jefferson to be the most hypocritical Founder. While preaching against slavery he owned hundreds of slaves. While publicly befriending John Adams, Jefferson was privately stabbing him in the back. Was Jefferson a hero or was he a hypocrite? 


How We Got the King James Version by Dan Fuller

May 25, 2016

Like many other great events in history, individuals of tremendous talent, vision and courage often stand at history’s crossroads and make all the difference in blessing the lives of their fellow travelers. The story of the coming forth of the King James Bible is no exception. It has greatness in its pedigree.