Wednesday, January 18, 2017


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sometimes it is interesting how two random events could intersect with each other at just the right moment to make one think, even if it's just a few minutes.

I will begin with a question: What does the Garden of Eden and a research paper from the Journal of Evolutionary Biology have in common? The answer is a serpent's fate.

For those not versed in the Bible, specifically the book of Genesis, the first few chapters are descriptions of the creation story.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


A few years back, I wrote a column about needing to believe in "Someday."

I need to believe the day would come when I would get around to all my good intentions my do it "Someday" projects.

I need to believe Someday I would find the time, energy and motivation to clear out the bookcases in my office. Although the bookcases are enclosed in doors, I can seldom open a door because too much stuff is jammed in there, waiting for me to get around to it Someday.

Saturday, June 6, 2015


They say death and taxes are the only certain things in life, but if you live in a rural area you can add hitting a deer on the road to your list.

Every year the insurance company State Farm conducts a survey about the likelihood of hitting those creatures.

The latest: U.S. drivers are nearly 3 percent more likely to collide with a deer than they were last year.

West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely, with the odds of hitting a deer at 1 in 39.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

For the longest time I avoided viewing "Ancient Aliens" because I am skeptical that everything on our planet was constructed and developed by extraterrestrial intelligent beings and that we are merely the shadow of those prehistoric visitations.

There are basically three views of where we came from and how we arrived on this planet. The first and oldest version of our origins is the creationist theory in which a divine creator placed us on this planet with all the plants and animals.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Today is Memorial Day, the real holiday and not the convenient one that we celebrate on the last Monday in May so everyone can have a long weekend, picnics, barbecues and parades. No. This is the day set aside by Gen. John Logan to decorate the graves of the fallen men of the Civil War. This is a solemn day, not a joyous one.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

How hard could it possibly be to find a good beanbag?

Well, I'm living proof of how hard it can be.

I grew up with a family of beanbaggers.

On any given summer Sunday at my Wernett grandparents' home where many of the clan gathered, some of the men played horseshoes and the rest of the adults and kids would have rousing good games of beanbags.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dear graduates, Karen Carpenter isn't around to give your commencement address.

But if she were, she'd likely say you've only just begun. White lace and promises. A kiss for luck and you're on your way.

And that's a scary thought after having spent 12 years inside a cocoon.

After sitting in classroom chairs lined up like so many dominoes, you're about to step into a world that's not lined up at all.

Be ready for it. And understand a few things.

Don't wait for someone to inspire you. Be your own source of enthusiasm.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

One day on the phone my daughter Andrea was recounting how happy she is after a long conversation with her son.

Grayson, her oldest child, is a college student who doesn't get home much since he left for Emerson in Boston. But they stay close via phone and email.

"He's so happy," Andrea says. "I just feel like flying when I listen to him talk about how happy he is."

I so understand that. When our kids are happy, we're happy. It's wonderful when they call to share happy news.

Every parent knows we never outgrow our love and concern for our kids.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

I have received some favorable responses to jokes I print in this space. With the help of friends, here is some British humor.

These are classified ads which actually were placed in U.K. newspapers.

Free puppies. 1/2 cocker spaniel, 1/2 sneaky neighbor's dog.

Free puppies. Mother is a kennel club registered German shepherd. Father is a super dog, able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

Cows, calves: Never bred. Also, one gay bull for sale.

Joining nudist colony! Must sell washer and dryer.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

I recently came across an interesting legend about a monk, a punishment and an alleged intercession with the devil which produced one of the most enigmatic tomes in history. Stored in the National Library of Sweden is an infamous religious volume known as the "Devil's Bible." This book also known as the "Codex Gigas" means "Giant Book," but it got its diabolical nickname from the legend that describes its apocryphal origin.