Versed in the Classics

There are shows on TV now that are good, but not a one of them is as good as The Rockford Files. Every episode is like a well-crafted movie and James Garner was just the king! BTW, you talk to homeschool kids and you’ll find that they know history (and most subjects) better than their public school counterparts and they know how to talk to adults.

Chesterton, Buddy, ChesterTON!

I remembered this strip and it’s hard for me to believe that’s it’s already been 4 years since I did it. Seems like it was just months ago. But then, I also remember that I was so struck by that quote that I used it in my novel Ashes to Ashes (see it at


There are people who think this way. Who didn’t realize “The Hobbit” (and LOTR) were loosely based on existing books. But now, I’m surprised they didn’t come out with watered-down, simplified novels for the movies. Publishing thinks less and less of it’s readers and is mandating that authors not use compound sentences, keep the paragraphs short, and write everything at an 8th grade level. Are they correct in thinking so low of their audience, or are they trying to make their readers dim?