In this era of a global pandemic, extreme political division, and nationalist movements veering toward totalitarianism, few television dramas resonate more powerfully than “The Man in the High Castle,” based on the Phillip K. Dick novel of the same name.

The series envisions a world where Germany and Japan won WWII. Juliana Crain is living in San Francisco, leading as normal a life as can be had in such times. But then she witnesses the murder of her sister, who is working with the underground resistance movement. …


“The call to adventure is the point in a person’s life when they are first given notice that everything is going to change, whether they know it or not.”

-Joseph Campbell, The Hero’s Journey

In an era of seemingly endless political rancor, facts, figures, and sound bites are regularly bandied about in an effort to change perspective and world-view. But as anyone who has engaged in social media debate can attest, fundamental shifts in personal perspective rarely occur this way. Logic and data are prized commodities. …


After millennia dominated by patriarchy, and marked by constant strife, important cultural change is underway. Mounting evidence points to the fact that when women join the ranks of top business management, government, and grassroots efforts, processes tend to improve. Women are generally better at consensus building and big picture thinking. Also, they seem less amenable to the temptations of corruption.

In the US in 2016, 57% bachelor’s and 61% of master’s degrees were awarded to women. Women recently became the majority of the American workforce. And over 50% of managers are women. Between 2002 and 2014, Quantopian compared the performance…


From heroic tales told around tribal campfires, to the epic poetry of the ancients, to blockbuster movies like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, myth and story have allowed us to explore and sometimes answer the most profound existential questions. But few stories rival Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in terms of artistry and influence. Scrooge’s overnight journey from the depths of miserly alienation to ultimate redemption reshaped the entire Christmas holiday. Before Dickens’ story, there were no door-to-door Christmas carolers in London, no holiday cards, no festive family dinners, no day-off from work, and no presents under…


A mysterious peace swept across the Western Front on Christmas Eve 1914.

The Western Front, during World War I, was a system of trenches lined by wooden posts and barbed wire, stretching nearly 500 miles from the North Sea coast, south to the Swiss border. Typically, soldiers were only separated by 70 yards of “no man’s land,” so close they could hear enemy voices in the lull between sniper fire and artillery rounds. Weather at the end of 1914 was brutal, relentless freezing rain had turned the trenches into a numbing river of mud. …


The Christmas story recounts three wise men journeying through the desert, guided by the mysterious appearance of a distant star. This echoes the sense of awe that has been part of the human experience from the beginning. Staring up at the night sky, our ancestors ceaselessly pondered the nature of the heavens, and who or what controlled the movement of the sun, the moon, and the stars.

Science and spirituality are often engaged in heated opposition, but it’s important to recognize that both paths of inquiry were spawned from the same common core — awe and wonder. A deep-seated experience…


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

This moment in history seems particularly beset with complex global conflicts, proxy wars, refugee crises, and nationalist movements veering toward totalitarianism. Few dramas speak to these times more powerfully than “The Man in the High Castle,” based on the Phillip K. Dick novel of the same name. Having inspired such films as “Blade Runner,” “Total Recall,” and “Minority Report,” Phillip K. …

Steven Meloan — Monsieur Le Hat

Journalist, novelist, blogger, recovered software developer — now exploring all things written/spoken. I also post pictures on Instagram.

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