Stan Crader

Author & Lecturer on Writing About Rural America

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Baseball’s Greatest Men

“Who were the greatest men in baseball to make the hall of fame?” Pop that question to a testosterone-laden group while watching the World Series. If the answers first given include only a bevy of stats, repeat the question and emphasize the word ‘man.’ If that doesn’t get their attention, and it usually doesn’t, you’ll have to be more obvious by saying that the question wasn’t the best player, but the best man. You may need to explain, and that’s the problem.

Ty Cobb, with a lifetime batting average of .376 and over 4000 hits is arguably the greatest player… Continue reading

Politically Post-Modern Logic, Monuments, Memorials, and Political Correctness

Deciding on the title to a blog is more difficult than writing it. Is post-modern a future self-defeating statement? Who knows? What the heck is Post-Modern? By definition post-modern is something that is perpetually happening the following day or year. And, it’s always advancing just beyond reach. It’s one of those concepts that’s perfect for professor types to pontificate. And it’s a futile fundamental process today in Washington DC.

Post-Modern generally refers to a way of thinking that suspends or completely abandons traditional mores. In order to be completely in compliance with post-modern thinking, all rules must be abandoned so… Continue reading

Politically Post-Modern Monuments and Memorials

Deciding on the title to a blog is more difficult than writing it. Is post-modern a future self-defeating statement? Who knows? What the heck is Post-Modern? By definition post-modern is something that is perpetually happening the following day or year. And, it’s always advancing just beyond reach. It’s one of those concepts that’s perfect for professor types to pontificate.

Post-Modern generally refers to a way of thinking that suspends or completely abandons traditional mores. In order to be completely in compliance with post-modern thinking, all rules must be abandoned so as to be completely free in thought and expression. But,… Continue reading

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