Saturday, February 18, 2012
I love the humor of Steven Wright and events over the past several years brought to mind an old joke of his that I want to share with you.
"The other day somebody stole everything in my apartment and replaced it with an exact replica... When my roommate came home I said, "Roommate, someone stole everything in our apartment and replaced it with an exact replica."
He looked at me and said, "Do I know you?"
Saturday, February 11, 2012
What is under the ice shelf of Antarctica? While most of us went about our business the last week, things were tense for scientists at the literal bottom of the world as they waited to hear from a Russian team at the Lake Vostok drilling site where they hoped to drill to the pristine body of water 13,000 feet beneath the ice. The Russian expedition is one of three eager to use space age technology to cleanly obtain core samples and water samples from this arctic landscape which has been encased in over two miles of ice for almost 20 million years.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
It is hard to believe one month of 2012 has past. It seems like yesterday we celebrated New Year's Day and here we are in the month of February and what is even most unusual is we really did not have a major snowstorm all month. While this may seem like an anomaly to most people, it really is not the first time we have had a practically snowless January. To add to it many have commented about how warm this January appeared to feel, but in actuality from what I read on some weather sites the temperatures really were not record setting although they were a bit warmer than usual.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I was sitting at home late last week watching some television when a friend called me excitedly to ask if I heard about the strange sounds in the sky. I had to admit the only strange sounds I heard up to that point was the cat racing through a darkened house late at night. He said, "No. On YouTube. Look up 'strange sounds in sky 2012'."
Saturday, January 21, 2012
In an unnecessary tragedy, the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia was run aground by its irresponsible captain last weekend resulting in numerous deaths as the ship capsized on the rocks off of the coast of Giglio, Italy.
News reports claim the captain, Francisco Schettino was showboating for a head waiter by veering off course to close to the island resulting in a 165 foot hole being ripped into the hull of the vessel by rocks in the shallow waters.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Time passes so quickly that we take it for granted until we reach meaningful milestones that bring that eternal march into perspective. I've learned that once children enter the picture those milestones seem to become even more significant.
It was 18 years ago on Christmas Eve that my friend Earl called me to share the news that his son was born. Two months ago that little one who is now a young man left for Navy basic training. Where do the years go?
Saturday, January 7, 2012
I hope everyone had a wonderful and warm 2010 Christmas and holiday season along with a safe and Happy New Year as we ushered in 2012.
This year brings with it excitement and hope as well as anticipation and probably for the superstitious among us a degree of trepidation. We look forward to Federal elections as well as the 2012 Presidential election.
For many this election is expected to be a critical one that will decide the long term direction in which our country continues or changes its bearings. Only time will tell.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
What do you believe?
Christmas is a magical time filled with cheer, good wishes and benevolent feelings toward others. We buy presents for each other and look forward to exchanging them with family and friends. We busily hustle about trying to prepare for holiday visits. We bake and cook and shop and eat. We schedule Christmas parties and buy presents to exchange, but do we ever stop to think about why?
Saturday, December 10, 2011
This past Wednesday was the seventieth anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Early on Sunday morning at 7:48 a.m. to be exact the first Japanese plans initiated Operation Al which before ending claimed the lives of 2,402 Americans with another 1,247 wounded. We lost four battleships, two destroyers and another ship while another dozen ships were damaged in the attack. In addition, the two aerial waves conduct by Japanese fighter pilots also destroyed almost two hundred airplanes.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
This column won't be for everyone, but if you wondered about ghosts and whether they truly exist, I want to share my first hand experience after 14 years of searching for your consideration.
Finally I have seen a true phantom as solid as the newspaper you are reading at least for a few seconds and I was not alone when it occurred. A friend was with me and saw the specter from a different angle and we have described it to each other on tape. If you don't believe, then you probably will want to stop now, otherwise join me because I want to share with you this event.