Jeff Minick

Jeff Minick

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Jeff Minick is a free-lance writer and teacher living in Front Royal, Virginia. He may be found online at jeffminick.com.

Recent blog posts by this author

America’s Got Talent and It’s All around Us

Recently, I found my son-in-law in his driveway with his van jacked up. “What’s up, Mike?” I asked. “Just changing the brake pads.”   “Good grief. You can do that? Really?”  “It’s not that hard. Saves a lot of money.”...

Saying Goodbye to the Scouts

The Academy Awards, the National Football League, the Miss America Contest, the Emmys, many of our universities: politics and political correctness have cast a pall over these and other treasured American institutions. As a result, they have lost...

How Silence is a Balm for the Soul

My sister and brother-in-law were off on a tour of Central Europe, and I was spending a few days alone in their house. When I arrived, I moved my luggage and some groceries inside—I didn’t intend to leave the premises unless absolutely necessary—put...

The Easiest Holiday Gift that Everyone Really Wants

For twenty years, I offered seminars in Latin, history, and literature to home-educated students. When the Christmas season rolled around, I brought paper, envelopes, and stamps to class, and asked students to write a letter of gratitude to someone...

Why Are Millennial Women So Into Guns?

Sarah is an attractive, petite, thirty-something mother and homemaker. She lives in a middle-class home near Asheville, North Carolina, is conservative in her politics and devout in her religious practices, and remains deeply in love with her...

Are White Women Dupes?

Let me introduce you to three women. Because of the ugly political times in which we live, I have changed their names, but these are women I know well, all of them white.   Let’s start with Katie. She and her husband, an attorney, have...

The Gifts of Gratitude

"Thank you for the world so sweet, Thank you for the food we eat, Thank you for the birds that sing, Thank you, God, for everything."                            ...

Does it Pay to ‘Buy Local’?

When I was a boy in Boonville, North Carolina, population 600 in the early 1960s, my mom used to take us shopping a couple of times a year in nearby Winston-Salem. Once I asked her why we didn’t shop there more often. The stores offered far more...

Why the Enlightenment Thinkers Understood the Need for Religion

In January I resolved to read Will and Ariel Durant’s magnum opus The Story Of Civilization before the end of the year. It is now early November, and I have finished Volume X of this series, Rousseau and Revolution, meaning I should fulfill my self-...

The Best Way to Fight Political Hysteria

The week after Halloween, my first-grade grandson asked if I was afraid of monsters.   “Only human ones,” I said. The confusion on his face alerted me to shift gears. “No, I’m not afraid of monsters. The older you get, the less you are...

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