Riding Without Brakes

old-fashioned-bicycleby Anniel11/1/15
The early bicycles had no brakes at all. The rider had to coast to a near stop and put his feet down to avoid losing balance and tipping over. How some of the rigs with a big wheel on the front and a small one at the back ever stopped without accident is beyond imagination. More » • (802 views)

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Cluelessby Deana Chadwell10/31/15
Evidently human beings are programmed to look for causes. Something goes bump in the night and we grab a flashlight, and maybe a gun, and go searching for the cause. Average temperatures go up for a few years and folks start running around in circles pointing fingers More » • (2125 views)

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A Dying World In Need Of a Living God

Cross3by Patricia L. Dickson10/29/15
1 Peter 2:12: Conduct yourselves properly (honorably, righteously) among the Gentiles, so that, although they may slander you as evildoers, [yet] they may by witnessing your good deeds [come to] glorify God in the day of inspection [[e]when God shall look upon you wanderers as a pastor or shepherd looks over his flock]. More » • (758 views)

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A Case of Mistaken Identity

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu10/26/15
In the fall of 1971, my parents and I flew to Los Angeles to visit relatives in South California. In those days, L.A. International airport was a busy place, but nothing like the monstrosity it has become over the last two or three decades. More » • (1049 views)

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Nonsense ‘Carries Through’ the Anglophonic World

Languageby Jon N. Hall10/17/15
Many native speakers of the English language, even the highly educated, regularly misuse the word “or” and don’t even realize it. Quite a claim; we Anglophones can’t even use a common two-letter conjunction correctly. More » • (1474 views)

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Profanity or Profundity?

Profanityby Anniel10/15/15
I have always been fascinated with the idea that our language abilities constrain our thought. Can we even know something if we have no words to describe the event or idea? If our vocabulary is not understood or is impoverished, are our thinking abilities limited? More » • (1211 views)

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Prices, Schizoid Americans, and the ‘Knowledge Problem’

Priceby Jon N. Hall10/14/15
In Nora Ephron’s romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle (1993), 8-year-old Jonah Baldwin is considering taking a commercial flight from Seattle to New York and asks his girlfriend Jessica: “How much would it cost to go?” Jessica answers: “No one knows. It changes practically every day.” More » • (856 views)

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Americans are Void of Critical Thinking Skills

ThinkingManby Patricia L. Dickson10/13/15
Never has there been a time in history requiring that an individual be equipped with critical thinking skills more than now. The biggest problem that America is facing today is the inability of the vast majority of the citizenry to think critically. Matt Drudge went so far as to say that Americans are sick. More » • (1155 views)

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Berry Picking Time

Berriesby Anniel10/12/15
Last night I dreamed of my mother when she had come to stay with us for a few months. We took a drive to Eklutna Lake to go berry picking and we wound up where low bush blueberries grew on a steep hillside above the unpaved road. More » • (1241 views)

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A Day in a Fallen World

WaitingRoomJake Thompson10/8/15
The Hospital Waiting Room  •  It is no great secret to those who know sorrow that things change quickly. Today, things changed. When I called my wife back I heard a familiar panic. It was hard to understand her. She was trying to tell me something, something that couldn’t be true. Was true. More » • (1084 views)

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Hearing the Northern Lights

NorthernLightsby Anniel10/7/15
We have had a couple of outstanding Aurora Borealis displays in the past few weeks and I was reminded of places and times I have seen them. I first saw the Northern Lights right after Autumn Equinox 1960. More » • (892 views)

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Driving Me Crazy

SelfDrivingCarby James Ray Deaton10/4/15
I like a good Jetsons episode as much as the next guy, but this whole (mostly left-wing) push for and fascination with self-driving cars and super-fast and super-expensive ($68 billion? $98 billion? $200 billion?) California bullet trains is troubling on many levels. More » • (860 views)

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