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 » • (852 views)

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A Child’s Life

ChildLifeby Anniel10/2/15
Each child is a unique never duplicated person from the instant of his or her conception. A man may not understand this in the way a mother does, if she is true to her nature as a woman. She and the child seem joined, but in reality the child has a distinct and separate life. More » • (1315 views)

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Black Lives and the Death of a Culture

Dancers2by Deana Chadwell9/21/15
“Black lives matter!” say the angry T-shirts and the sloppy signs. My first reaction to that statement is, “Okay. Sure.” And then they start chanting about killing cops and my brow furrows. What?! More » • (1455 views)

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What Have They Done To My Culture, Mom?

GrimmsFairyTalesby FJ Rocca9/20/15
I have an aversion to the remanufacture of classics. This includes television shows such as Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Once Upon a Time and Gotham. I was brought up in the era during which Washington Irving’s dual classics were taught in Jr. High School More » • (734 views)

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If Allah Himself Came Down

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu9/7/15
Budapest is a beautiful city partitioned by the Danube, which flows through its center. Along with Vienna and Prague, Budapest is considered a quintessential Hapsburg city. All three were, for centuries More » • (1616 views)

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Wayne Dyer: Snake Oil Salesman, High Priest of Modernity or Both?

WayneDyerby Tim Jones9/3/15
Wayne Dyer, who died not too long ago, is the epitome of the high priests of the secular age. Including Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson, they surreptitiously blend the language of Christianity into their pitch with seductive messages rooted entirely in emotion and feelings More » • (1987 views)

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Reality for Dummies

ForDummiesby Deana Chadwell9/2/15
Much in this world is a mystery – the evidence abounds. We know about gravity, for instance, but we have no real idea what it is – we all have moments of clumsiness that leave us cursing that force that yanks us to the ground, but we haven’t a clue how it works. More » • (1382 views)

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The Screaming End

GeneVincentby James Ray Deaton8/31/15
Forty-four years ago this October Gene Vincent lost his race with rock ’n roll and the devil. October 12, 1971, talented and troubled Vincent Eugene Craddock, known as rock and roll’s original bad-boy Gene Vincent, fell and vomited blood in his parents’ trailer house in southern California. More » • (1236 views)

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A Land of Contrasts

StarOfDavidby Steve Lancaster8/28/15
22 July Monday night, Fayetteville time  •  Well, we are somewhere over the Atlantic and expect to arrive in TA about 10 in the morning Israel time. The plane is full, a small group of Americans who are making Aliyah, (in Hebrew this means to go up to Israel) are on the flight. More » • (920 views)

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Checkpoint Charlie

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu8/28/15
In the summer of 1973, West Berlin was tiny island of democracy in an ocean of communism. The communist regimes of the DDR and Soviet Union did not have warm feelings for the enclave. More » • (1158 views)

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Recalling Eric Hoffer’s Wisdom

EricHofferby FJ Rocca8/26/15
Last May 21st marked the 32nd anniversary of the death of American philosophic icon, Eric Hoffer. Although his biography is somewhat murky, there are facts of which we can be certain. Eric Hoffer was a self-educated, deeply sentient observer of not only the American civilization but of mankind in general. More » • (984 views)

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Waiting to Bloom

BloomingFlowerby Anniel8/24/15
I’m still fascinated by those beautiful Late Bloomers, so I set out to find “Johnny”, and what had become of him. (STIn Praise of Late Bloomers,” 8/15/15). It was an interesting search, reconnecting me with several far-flung acquaintances More » • (602 views)

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