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 » • (855 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 » • (1144 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 » • (1237 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 » • (1078 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 » • (887 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 » • (855 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 » • (1320 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 » • (1468 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 » • (738 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 » • (1620 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 » • (2121 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 » • (1384 views)

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