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"The life of a wild animal always has a tragic end," as Ernest Thompson Seton said. This is the story of Metitsi Wahb, born a playful cub, orphaned young by the murder of his mother, his brothers and sister, raising himself surrounded by enemies, and growing to the fiercest creature anywhere in his vast range -- though showing himself a gentleman in the Yellowstone National Park. And finally, he is laid low by a smaller, more cunning enemy, and defeated in the end by age and injury. "The lif ...
 
Ernest Thompson Seton's book, "Monarch, the Big Bear of Tallac." Published in 1919, it tells the story of a tiny Grizzly cub who grew to be the Monarch of the Plains -- and the Prisoner of humanity's arrogance. "Kind memory calls the picture up before me now, clear, living clear: I see them as they sat, the one small and slight, the other tall and brawny, leader and led, rough men of the hills. They told me this tale--in broken bits they gave it, a sentence at a time. ... They told of the ri ...
 
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"Orthodoxy," a series of essays by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. First published in 1908. Read by David "Grizzly" Smith. "The only possible excuse for this book is that it is an answer to a challenge. Even a bad shot is dignified when he accepts a duel." This is how Chesterton explains "Orthodoxy," the sequel to Heretics. "I have attempted in a vague and personal way, in a set of mental pictures rather than in a series of deductions, to state the philosophy in which I have come to believe. I wil ...
 
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"Heretics," a series of essays by Gilbert Keith Chesterton. First published in 1905. Read by David "Grizzly" Smith. Chesterton had a sense of humor, had a sense of drama, and had sense. He was a man of strong opinions, and quite willing to argue vehemently for his own opinions, even with his friends -- and they remained his friends -- like George Bernard Shaw and Rudyard Kipling. Seems to me that's hard to find anymore. He wrote prolifically. He wrote humor. He wrote mystery novels, the Fath ...
 
"Being sundry explorations, made while afoot and penniless in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. These adventures convey and illustrate the rules of beggary for poets and some others." Published in 1919, this is poet Vachel Lindsay's description of his travels "afoot and penniless" across the southern and eastern United States, staying with strangers, reciting or trading poetry for dinner, and along the way, describing in stories and poetry, ...
 
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"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 8 -- The End of the Household Gods: "The only place where it is possible to find an echo of the mind of the English masses is either in conversation or in comic songs. The latter are obviously the more dubious; but they are the only things recorded and quotable that come any…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 7 -- The Transformation of Socialism: "Socialism is one of the simplest ideas in the world. It has always puzzled me how there came to be so much bewilderment and misunderstanding and miserable mutual slander about it. At one time I agreed with Socialism, because it was simp…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 6 -- The Eclipse of Liberty: "If such a thing as the Eugenic sociology had been suggested in the period from Fox to Gladstone, it would have been far more fiercely repudiated by the reformers than by the Conservatives." Comments to 218-214-CALL (218-234-2255) Contributions: …
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 5 --The Meanness of the Motive: "Now, if any ask whether it be imaginable that an ordinary man of the wealthier type should analyse the problem or conceive the plan, the inhumanly far-seeing plan, as I have set it forth, the answer is: "Certainly not." Many rich employers ar…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 4 -- The Vengeance of the Flesh: "By a quaint paradox, we generally miss the meaning of simple stories because we are not subtle enough to understand their simplicity." Comments to 218-214-CALL (218-234-2255) Contributions: https://www.paypal.me/grizzlysgrowls…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 3 -- True History of a Eugenist: "He does not live in a dark lonely tower by the sea, from which are heard the screams of vivisected men and women. On the contrary, he lives in Mayfair." Comments to 218-214-CALL (218-234-2255) Contributions: https://www.paypal.me/grizzlysgro…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Part 2 -- The Real Aim Chapter 1 -- The Impotence of Impenitence "The root formula of an epoch is always an unwritten law, just as the law that is the first of all laws, that which protects life from the murderer, is written nowhere in the Statute Book." Comments to 218-214-CALL (21…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 8 -- A Summary of a False Theory: "I have up to this point treated the Eugenists, I hope, as seriously as they treat themselves. I have attempted an analysis of their theory as if it were an utterly abstract and disinterested theory; and so considered, there seems to be very…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 7 -- The Established Church of Doubt: "Let us now finally consider what the honest Eugenists do mean, since it has become increasingly evident that they cannot mean what they say." Comments to 218-214-CALL (218-234-2255) Contributions: https://www.paypal.me/grizzlysgrowls AD…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 6 -- The Unanswered Challenge: "Dr. Saleeby did me the honour of referring to me in one of his addresses on this subject, and said that even I cannot produce any but a feeble-minded child from a feeble-minded ancestry. To which I reply, first of all, that he cannot produce a…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 5 - The Flying Authority: "It happened one day that an atheist and a man were standing together on a doorstep; and the atheist said, "It is raining." To which the man replied, "What is raining?": which question was the beginning of a violent quarrel and a lasting friendship.…
 
Finished editing this, then forgot to post it. (sigh) "Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 4 -- The Lunatic and the Law: "The modern evil, we have said, greatly turns on this: that people do not see that the exception proves the rule. Thus it may or may not be right to kill a murderer; but it can only conceivab…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 3 -- The Anarchy from Above: "A silent anarchy is eating out our society. I must pause upon the expression; because the true nature of anarchy is mostly misapprehended." Comments to 218-214-CALL (218-234-2255) Contributions: https://www.paypal.me/grizzlysgrowls…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Chapter 2 -- The First Obstacles: "Now before I set about arguing these things, there is a cloud of skirmishers, of harmless and confused modern sceptics, who ought to be cleared off or calmed down before we come to debate with the real doctors of the heresy." Comments to 218-214-CA…
 
The same subject continued... continued. The original text from Congress.gov Book Theme: "Prelude in C Major" from Kevin MacLeod Show Theme: "Canon in D" from Owen Poteat Comments via the https://www.speakpipe.com/grizzlysgrowls Comment Line: 218-234-CALL 218-234-2255 Contributions: https://www.patreon.com/grizzlysgrowls…
 
"Eugenics and Other Evils," by G.K. Chesterton, published in 1922. Narrator's Introduction: For the next few paragraphs I will speak for myself, to set the stage for G.K. Chesterton's book, and to suggest why I believe it is still an important book. I think G.K. Chesterton explains his book rather well in his introduction, but it might help to star…
 
I'm going to be reposting my old recordings of G.K. Chesterton's "Eugenics and Other Evils." I heard the other day that the idea is making a comeback. Again. And Chesterton said what needed to be said rather well. He could make a point, stick it in your gut, and make you chuckle when he did it. And, sad to say, it does need to be said. Again. Comin…
 
Where I've been and what I've been doing and not doing. And where I'm going next. Show Theme "Hot Swing" from Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com. Comments via the https://www.speakpipe.com/grizzlysgrowls Comment Line: 218-234-CALL 218-234-2255 Contributions: https://www.patreon.com/grizzlysgrowlsBy grizzlysgrowls@gmail.com (Grizzly Smith)
 
Exhausted, all my tech is failing, including this podcast. Oh, did I mention I'm losing my hearing and half-blind in one eye? So, how's your year been going. See also one of my earliest podcast episodes, "Some Old Guy Whining." Show Theme "Hot Swing" from Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com. Comments via the https://www.speakpipe.com/grizzlysgrowls Co…
 
I recently completed the Audible version of "Prince Martin Wins His Sword" for the author, Brandon Hale. While recording this rhyming book, I noticed a particular piece of music fit the rhyme scheme perfectly. And then I also noticed the promotional language on the book's page on Amazon also rhymed the same way. And the rest is history... a promo w…
 
Back in the saddle, with a few saddle sores. And a bit of news. And then, The Same Subject Continued. The original text from Congress.gov Book Theme: "Prelude in C Major" from Kevin MacLeod Show Theme: "Canon in D" from Owen Poteat Comments via the https://www.speakpipe.com/grizzlysgrowls Comment Line: 218-234-CALL 218-234-2255 Contributions: https…
 
Back in the saddle, with a few saddle sores. And a bit of news. And then, The Same Subject Continued. The original text from Congress.gov Book Theme: "Prelude in C Major" from Kevin MacLeod Show Theme: "Canon in D" from Owen Poteat Comments via the https://www.speakpipe.com/grizzlysgrowls Comment Line: 218-234-CALL 218-234-2255 Contributions: https…
 
Everybody agreed the Articles of Confederacy weren't working. Not everyone agreed how much needed to be changed. The original text from Congress.gov Book Theme: "Prelude in C Major" from Kevin MacLeod Show Theme: "Canon in D" from Owen Poteat Comments via the https://www.speakpipe.com/grizzlysgrowls Comment Line: 218-234-CALL 218-234-2255 Contribut…
 
Everybody agreed the Articles of Confederacy weren't working. Not everyone agreed how much needed to be changed. The original text from Congress.gov Book Theme: "Prelude in C Major" from Kevin MacLeod Show Theme: "Canon in D" from Owen Poteat Comments via the https://www.speakpipe.com/grizzlysgrowls Comment Line: 218-234-CALL 218-234-2255 Contribut…
 
Hello, welcome back for Federalist # 14, "Objections to the Proposed Constitution From Extent of Territory Answered." You know, I do love reading these older works aloud for you. I like to think it adds a living energy to words to which you and I have paid far too little attention for far too long. I've mentioned that I don't read ahead very much, …
 
Hello, welcome back for Federalist # 14, "Objections to the Proposed Constitution From Extent of Territory Answered." You know, I do love reading these older works aloud for you. I like to think it adds a living energy to words to which you and I have paid far too little attention for far too long. I've mentioned that I don't read ahead very much, …
 
Hello, we meet again, this time for Federalist # 13, "Advantage of the Union in Respect to Economy in Government." Once again, the Federalist's primary argument for the Constitution is that it is the only way to preserve the Union, all the states working together. That argument is assumed throughout this essay. And once again, the Federalist gives …
 
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