James Knight

An excellent article, Jessica. You were spot on about Norman Vincent Peale. He was a narcissist, a bigot, and a misogynist. I have inside info.

For several summers in the early 1980s, I taught in "Governor's School" summer workshops for selected high school kids bound for college. I taught critical thinking and assorted biological issues (especially human ones).

Another teacher was John Peale who was a lifetime teacher of philosophy at a small college. John was Norman Vincent Peale's first born. Over many conversations, he told me many stories and truths about his father than most people wouldn't know or believe.

Sufficient to say, according to his son, NVP was a nasty asshole and a total fraud. John became estranged from his father while in high school.

We became good friends and communicated periodically for years. John died earlier this year.

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Ah, My Dear Friend, you are indeed a woman who is totally in tune with my life viewpoint! I could not agree more!

This is a fabulous adventure story. I love every word of it! You and Karen were definitely a dynamic duo. Two kick-ass women in a world of men. Hell, your story would make a great movie!

When I teach critical thinking, as I do in every class every semester, I begin with the Socrates quote: "The unexamined life is not worth living." Then I add the Knight Corollary: "The unlived life is not worth examining."

I'll now add the above Romanelli Proof. "A well lived life contains certain amount of calculated risks."

I totally know what you mean. I too have taken those calculated risks. And we are both the better for it!

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James Knight

James Knight

Old unreformed unf**kwithable professor with a rock & roll soul, still crazy after all these years and still running against the wind.