9/11 and the American Soul

Has it really been fourteen years? In my mind’s eye it was just yesterday when Chris Williams, Jan White, and I left our Boston hotel on our way to your Rhode Island client, CVS Pharmacy, and Chris received the call from Joe, her husband: America was under attack. In the days following September 11, 2001, […]

The Making of an American Legend

On June 18, 2015, in Books, Culture, History, Literature, Movies, Texas, by Derrick G. Jeter

“That’ll be the day!” is one of the most iconic lines John Wayne ever uttered on screen. It comes from John Ford’s classic western, The Searchers—the 1955 film based on Alan LeMay’s novel of the same title. Shot in Monument Valley, one of the most unlikely representations of Texas one could find, the film is stunning […]

In Gardens of Stone

On May 25, 2015, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

In gardens of stone, lay soldiers who stood alone on frozen hills, beside vallied rills. In gardens of stone, a trumpet blown over markers of the brave, who rest within the grave. In gardens of stone, our flag is flown in vigil of red, white, and blue, for those who loved their country true. In […]

“Empire of the Summer Moon”: A Book Review

On April 24, 2015, in America, Books, Heroes, History, Texas, by Derrick G. Jeter

When civilizations clash conflict and death often ensue. Such was the case with the collision between white settlers and the aborigines of the central plains of North America. The American Indian wars was the stuff of legend—George Custer, the 7th Calvary, Sitting Bull, and the Little Big Horn; George Crook, Tom Horn, and the Apache […]

“The Liberty Threat”: Is America Losing Her Religious Freedom?

The power and beauty of “We the people” no longer means what it once did because we the people no longer give much thought to the document that made famous that phrase. In fact, we the people no longer remember that that phrase and document, among other things, were drafted to “secure the blessings of […]

Books from 2014

On January 1, 2015, in Books, Culture, History, Literature, Philosophy, Politics, Theology, by Derrick G. Jeter

Books are one of the joys of life. And though it might be a bit of hyperbole, I heartily agree with Thomas Jefferson: “I cannot live without books.” I haven’t always been a reader, but I’m so grateful that I discovered them as a young adult. Now I’m trying to catch up for all the […]

“Founders’ Son”: The Fathers in Abraham Lincoln’s Life

When Abraham Lincoln departed his Springfield, Illinois home in 1861, to be inaugurated as the sixteenth President of the United States, he told his friends and neighbors that the task before him was “more difficult than that which devolved upon General Washington.” One could argue the historical accuracy of that claim, but all must agree […]

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

On December 25, 2014, in Carols, Christian, Christianity, Christmas, Faith, God, History, Jesus Christ, Literature, Peace, by Derrick G. Jeter

Few characters in literature are as nasty as Charles Dickens’s Ebenezer Scrooge . . . at least before his nightly visit of the three spirits of Christmas. Dickens described Scrooge as “a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone . . . a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from […]

“Unbroken”: Unspeakable Suffering, Unrelenting Savagery

On September 18, 2014, in America, Books, Courage, Faith, Forgiveness, Freedom, Heroes, History, Soldiers, Suffering, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Laura Hillenbrand has only written two books but she ranks as one of America’s most gifted narrative historians. Along with David McCullough and Nathaniel Philbrick, Hillenbrand’s histories are novel-like. But her histories aren’t make believe. Like McCullough and Philbrick, Hillenbrand’s storytelling talent is backed by meticulous historical research and rigor. In her first book, Seabiscuit: […]

Reagan’s 9/11

On September 11, 2014, in America, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, President, Rhetoric, Ronald Reagan, September 11, Terrorism, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Few presidents have articulated the principles of freedom with such passion and persuasive force as did Ronald Reagan. None since have. Therefore, it seemed fitting, on this thirteenth anniversary when, in the words of President George W. Bush, freedom was attacked—September 11, 2001—that we read and hear anew from the champion of freedom. On January […]