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Two Talkers: C. S. Lewis’s Final Version Of “Prayer”

In 1964, the year after C. S. Lewis’s death, two versions of one of his poems were both published for the first time. The version in Letters to Malcolm, completed before Lewis’s death, is obviously what he intended. That makes the version in Poems, edited by Walter Hooper, a puzzle wrapped in an enigma. Hooper claims in C. S. Lewis: Read More ›

“Early Prose Joy” Not Available In The Bodleian

There are three stages now in the deepening mystery of the elusive Lewis manuscript that Walter Hooper calls the “Early Prose Joy.” It all began on p. 113 of C. S. Lewis: A Biography by Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper. There Hooper revealed that he had in his possession a 72-page document written by C.S. Lewis in 1930, when Read More ›

Was Gervase Mathew Really In The Inklings In 1939? by E. Shyaty

Walter Hooper claims that Gervase Mathew heard C. S. Lewis read The Dark Tower at an Inklings meeting. But there is no evidence that Gervase Mathew was in the Inklings in 1939 or 1940, and there is evidence from Lewis that he was not. On 3rd February 1940 Lewis wrote to Warren: “The Inklings is now very well provided, with Read More ›

More on C. S. Lewis’s Favorite Bad Writer

by Perry Bramlett Very Bad Poetry (eds Kathryn Peters & Ross Petras, Vintage,1997). Back cover: “Being a compendium of the worst verse ever written in English – including such (mercifully) forgotten classics as “The Stuttering Lover”, “Ode on the Mammoth Cheese”, “An Elegy to a Dissected Puppy,” and the immortal “The Dentologia — A Poem on the Diseases of the Read More ›

Forced busing? You’re kidding

A neighbor recently told my wife and me that the Seattle School Board was bringing back forced busing based on race for high schools. “You’ve got to be kidding,” I said, thinking back to how forced busing brought strife, flight, initiatives and lawsuits decades ago and how John Stanford refocused the schools on educating students instead of busing them all Read More ›

Open Letter to Paul R. Gross, “Politicizing Science Education”

Dear Mr. Gross: Your article, “Politicizing Science Education,” (available at recently came to our attention. While we share your concern for what you call “the maladies of contemporary education,” we think you have gravely misrepresented several of the key issues. Science education in this country cannot be repaired without candor and accuracy. Yet candor and accuracy are woefully lacking Read More ›

The Cascadia Connection

The good news, in the consensus of dozens of citizen leaders and officials from Vancouver, B.C., to Eugene, Ore., who are working on a Discovery Institute project called "Connecting the Gateways and Trade Corridors," is that we really can solve our transportation problems. The key is thinking beyond political boundaries and beyond traditional transportation funding sources. Moreover, in improving mobility, we should not accept a decline in our quality of life. On the contrary, we can go beyond what many have considered possible, and add health to the economy instead of weighing it down with an impossible new taxload. Read More ›

Scopes in Reverse

As Kansas wound down its week long observance of the 75th anniversary of the Scopes Trial, a striking irony largely escaped notice: Whereas in 1925 the teaching of evolution was banned from the classroom, in 2000 the teaching of anything but evolution is effectively banned from the classroom. Academic freedom is just as restricted as ever–only this time it’s the Read More ›

Washington and neighbors working on U.S. 97 as inland corridor

Private businesses and public agencies -- including the Washington State Transportation Commission and WSDOT -- have been highlighting a prospoal to recognize and develop U.S. 97 as a major inland transportation corridor....The federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) established two new programs -- the National Corridor Planning and Development Program and the Coordinated Board Infrastructure Program. As part of these new programs, the federal government designated 43 high-priority national highway corridors. Washington has three north-south priority corridors: the Interstate 5 (I-5); the Western Washington FAST (Freight Action Strategy) corridor from Tacoma, through Seattle, to Everett; and Eastern Washington's U.S. 395. Although U.S. 97 isn't on the federal priority list, many government agencies and private businesses in the Pacific Northwest believe it's worthwhile to go ahead and develop a Washington-Oregon-Canadian alliance for designing a corridor strategy -- and putting it to work. Read More ›

North-South Corridors Studied

(excerpt) If you haven’t heard about the Cascadia Inland Corridors initiative, you might want to ask your DOT regional administrator about it, since it has the promise of being something big for Washington state traffic movement in the future. The project, being coordinated by the Discovery Institute in Seattle, has the goals of improving freight mobility, promoting passenger rail service, Read More ›