Who Ya Gonna Call? Dec01

Who Ya Gonna Call?

Recently my wife and I experienced something mysterious. We bought some shrimp one day and that evening I went to fetch it from the refrigerator. But it wasn’t there. We looked everywhere but couldn’t find it. Three days later more shrimp was purchased and as we put it in the fridge, there,...

GREETINGS! Oct27

GREETINGS!

Once upon a time a person might stroll into the greeting card section of his or her favorite gift shop or supermarket, browse through a half-dozen or so faintly amusing or overly earnest possibilities and, without too much equivocation, choose a gem, or at least something that got the job...

Let Us Pray Oct14

Let Us Pray

I’ve read that church attendance is down and it seems that, in general, people are becoming less religious. However, according to a recent survey, a majority of people around the world say that religion continues to be very important in their lives. Another study found that nearly half of...

I’m Going to be a Pimp When I Grow Up Sep08

I’m Going to be a Pi...

My mother and father split up when I was still very young – I don’t even remember it. Until I went to boarding school, I spent some of my time with my mother and some of it with my father. My mother was an authoritarian woman, while my father, despite being in the military, was a far softer...

The King Sep02

The King

“Oh, Jeezie, that was wonderful! I mean just really, truly, mind-blowingly, incredibly wonderful! Some girls I know have called you the king of… of…. I don’t know and really don’t care what anyone else calls you or says about you. You are just the King, that’s all!” “Why, thank yuh,...

And the Research Says… Aug25

And the Research Say...

Everywhere you turn these days you hear about a new research study which claims to prove this or that. Many are interesting and useful while others appear to be stupid and a waste of time. And many reach a conclusion with obvious results that we already knew. Studies with self-evident...

To Hell with Death

A recent Pew Research Center poll revealed that nearly three quarters of Americans believe that there is a heaven which is defined as a place where people who have lived a devout life are eternally rewarded. This got me wondering how hard it is to get into the “good place” and what are my...

Is the World Flat? Jul14

Is the World Flat?

It may be time to throw out that globe you have in your study. That multi-colored sphere might not be an accurate representation of our planet. Perhaps the Earth isn’t round at all. It may actually be flat. That’s what a group called the Flat Earth Society has concluded. People who believe in...

Our Forgotten Slacke...

A small crowd of anti-work agitators marched outside the White House yesterday demanding more support for lazy Americans. The march was originally planned for early in the morning but was moved to the afternoon when the organizers realized that most of their supporters didn’t get out of bed...

Hell on Earth Apr22

Hell on Earth

Pope Francis stunned the ecclesiastical world last month when he seemed to deny the existence of Hell or to imply that it had been abolished, as one newspaper headline put it. This seemed to follow his previous statements that God wanted to stress his mercy rather than the threat of...

The Art of the Nickname

A nickname is usually a descriptive moniker given instead of, or in addition to, one’s formal name. It often describes an aspect of a person’s nature, accomplishments or appearance that carries a particular resonance. Some nicknames are the result of an individual’s achievements such as Alexander the Great or William the Conqueror. Others are given to reflect an aspect of a person’s character such as bravery. Examples of this include King Richard the Lionhearted and Stonewall Jackson. The problem with nicknames, however, is that in most cases you don’t get to choose them. They are usually chosen for you and they sometimes aren’t...

Sound Logic:  A Philosophic Editorial Mar17

Sound Logic: A Philo...

We have all heard that quasi-philosophical question and have pondered it and wondered at the accepted truth of the answer that is famously given to it. The question to which I allude is this: “If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one to hear it, does it really make a sound?” The...

Everything You Think is Wrong Day Mar10

Everything You Think...

This Thursday, March 15, is National Everything You Think is Wrong Day. On every other day of the year we are know-it-alls, believing we have a superior understanding of the world. But on Thursday we are supposed to sit back and reflect on our lack of knowledge regarding everything. It’s...

The Earthlings are Coming! Feb18

The Earthlings are Coming!

Stephen Hawking has been sounding the alarm that our dear planet is facing destruction in the not too distant future. He asserts that if nuclear war doesn’t finish us off, global warning or a devastating asteroid strike surely will. Hawking maintains that we need to start leaving our doomed planet or face extinction. And he isn’t the only Debbie Downer claiming that the end is near. Elon Musk, the business magnate, inventor and futurist agrees with him. Fortunately, Mr. Musk is working on a project to save us. He has a detailed plan to put one million people on a new planet within the next one hundred years. And the heavenly body he has...

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire Feb10

Liar, Liar, Pants on...

Liar, Liar pants on fire, hanging from a telephone wire. We heard that every day on the playground in elementary school. Children said it when calling out another kid’s lie. But these days it seems that grown-ups, especially our politicians, are the ones that are telling the tall tales. One...