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...

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...