Category Archives: Milton (John)

Apples That Taste of Earth and Song

Apples bring out poetic creativity, all the more so because the West has seen them as the forbidden fruit. I share here a selection of tempting apple poems.

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Putin’s Seduction of Donald Trump

Think of Putin as Satan, Trump as Eve, and Adam as the GOP in a reenactment of Paradise Lost.

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Milton: Sex as a Holy Sacrament

Spiritual Sunday  My wife has been researching her Moravian past prior to a heritage trip to the Czech Republic and other important Moravian way stations in the trek to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where Julia’s ancestors landed. Some of these ancestors were missionaries who made their way to Grace Hill, Iowa, where Julia grew up. Julia reported […]

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Retiring to the Garden of Eden

Stepping out of our U-Haul truck and into my mother’s wood, I felt I had entered Milton’s Garden of Eden.

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Literature Has Paul Ryan’s Number

Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Chinua Achebe, John Milton, and Thomas Hardy see through men like departing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

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Satan and Trump, Gifted Demagogues

Satan in “Paradise Lost” is a gifted leader who manipulates people for his own selfish ends–like a certain American president.

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