Monthly Archives: April 2017


Forum Play

by Brad Nelson4/30/17

I’ve re-instituting the forums section of this site. You’ll find it here. You can, of course, at any time can click the “Forum” menu item at the far top right of the page on the menubar. More » • (710 views)

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Babylon 5

Suggested by Brad Nelson • Ten years after the Earth-Minbari War, Commander Sinclair takes command of a giant five-mile-long cylindrical space station, orbiting a planet in neutral space. He must try to establish peace and prosperity between various interstellar empire.
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Clearing the Cobwebs

by Deana Chadwell4/25/17
Lately, when I check the news, I feel like I’m fighting my way through a room full of cobwebs, like I’m boxing with phantoms; there are no clear, understandable positions on the left. They’re fighting, yes, but in that thrashing, flailing, windmill fashion that infuriated little boys are prone to. More » • (1281 views)

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Reading the Tenth Commandment

by Anniel4/21/17
All of us who are parents and grandparents like to collect and remember  the funny, wise or profound comments of the children in our families. Sometimes one child will be the pronouncer of all things we want to repeat. This week that honor goes to the 8-year-old son of our oldest daughter. His name is Milo. More » • (999 views)

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This Day In History: April 19

by Timothy Lane4/18/17

April 19 has a certain historical resonance, some of which may be unknown even to readers here. It’s especially important in terms of civil rights — such as the Second Amendment. More » • (715 views)

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The Opioid Epidemic

by Tim Jones4/17/17
And the Fear of Missing Out on all of the Fun. What Happens When Our Image-World Says Life Should be Pain-Free  •  Lately there’s been a great deal of media coverage of the opioid crisis that is going on in the country. More » • (1425 views)

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TV Series Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy

by Steve Lancaster4/16/17
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson  •  You may be familiar with the 2011 movie starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. The movie was adequate but not engrossing. More » • (891 views)

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Fly the Friendly Skies

by Brad Nelson4/12/17

You’ve probably all seen the video of the man being “bumped” from a United Airlines flight. David French has an article noting that none of the sides involved (including the passenger) look good. The consensus of the commenters to this article, which I think is a better take, goes something like this: “Yeah, that Asian guy was over-the-top. But if he hadn’t freaked out, little attention would have been brought to this practice of bumping.” More » • (1177 views)

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Review: Micca 15-Inch Digital Photo Frame

by Brad Nelson4/11/17

I like taking photographs. But once taken, what do you do with them? You can print them on a photo printer, but I’ve found inkjet printers to be problematic, at best. Unless you’re constantly using them, they tend to dry out. More » • (401 views)

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Book & Movie Review: Dr. Zhivago

by Steve Lancaster4/5/17
One of the great novels of the twentieth century. Boris Pasternak was censored by the Soviet State and became a non-person for many years. His novel of the revolution and the subsequent horrific Stalin years was made into movies and even a Russian TV mini-series. More » • (2073 views)

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The Point of no Return

by Deana Chadwell4/4/17
The point of no return, the place of no more chances, the door that slams forever shut – these are concepts that make us cover our ears and holler, “La-la-la-la.” The western world in the 21st century works hard to mask final realities. More » • (796 views)

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Friedrich Rueckert

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu4/3/17
It is often said, mainly by those who do not speak it, that German is a course and rough language. Whenever I hear such nonsense, I immediately think of Rainer Maria Rilke. His poetry is beauty itself. Of course, Schiller and Goethe come to mind with their powerful works. More » • (900 views)

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