Saturday, November 30, 2013
I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. If you braved Black Friday I hope you survived relatively unharmed and with everything you were hoping to find at the malls or stores.
Everyone has their own traditions around the holidays and Thanksgiving is no exception. When I was younger while my grandparents were living, my mother usually cooked on Thanksgiving. Through most of my childhood everyone who was available came to our house for Thanksgiving dinner.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Tuesday night my daughter and my wife wanted to see the rocket launch from Virginia and being that it was only the second opportunity we had to witness a launch as well as needing a break from home renovations, I decided to go with them. Like most men and boys, I have always loved flying things and I owe that interest to my dad.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
An article in this week's news stated the sun appears to be ready to flip its magnetic poles once again. According to scientists, this pole shift occurs every 11 years and causes the magnetic poles of the sun to fade out and return totally opposite of their current configuration. The result of this pole shift to Earth is an up-tick of solar activity including flares and ejections. Scientists who have studied the sun and how it cycles through its activity name this period as the "solar maximum."
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Welcome to November second, the day on which we end daylight saving time and return to standard time which makes the sun set earlier in the evening and returns the extra light to the morning for a brief time until we close in on the winter solstice at which point most of us both rise and come home from work in the dark.
I often wondered where the idea for this shift of the clock originated, a shift that makes some people early for church on Sunday morning and then in the spring can make them miss church entirely.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
One of the first questions asked of a magician when given an opportunity is how did you learn to perform magic? Since I have been studying magic since I have been old enough to read, my education has been through a variety of sources from the first magic sets I owned to recent DVDs.
Of all the formats and mediums I have studied through the years, I think the best source of my education was books.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
It's really hard to believe that it is October again. It seems like just yesterday the leaves were fresh and green, the birds were singing and the geese were returning to Canada and points north. Where did the time go? Once again it is fall and the daytime is ebbing away more quickly with each cycle of the clock. This week we celebrated Kathryn's 6th birthday. Six years has passed in the blink of an eye and our little baby girl is now in kindergarten.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
There have been some interesting stories making the rounds in the news again and it's been a while since I shared some so without further delay, here are some not so bright criminals and con artists which continues to prove that crime doesn't pay, although it might make the police laugh once in a while:
We begin in the town of Iowa City where Daniel P. Noehl decided to start a new sideline business selling prescription medicine to anyone who would want to buy it. He supposedly made a deal with someone he thought was a friend to sell three bottles full of pills.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
In 1996, legendary comedian the late George Burns who entertained audiences from the age of 10 until his 99th year was scheduled to play the Palladium. Unfortunately a fall in his bathtub ended this legend's opportunity to perform as Burns never did recover. He had to cancel his centenary gig at the famous London venue and passed soon after his 100th birthday.
He once joked, "I can't die before my 100th birthday as I'm booked," but his accident robbed him of that farewell performance.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Spy craft was a fundamental part of the Revolutionary War just like any other conflict in the history of our society. Any military campaign's success relies on gaining as much knowledge about enemy plans and movements while hiding yours.
Yet if spies are successful, then we never know much about their accomplishments as their goal is to hide in plain sight with their messages and missives never seeing the light of day.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
I was performing a card trick for an activities person I met at a resort earlier this year. Basically I pulled out three cards and had him shuffle a deck and deal a pile onto the table. When he stopped, I had him pick up that pile of cards and to deal them into three piles. When he finished, we turned over the top card of each pile and as he exposed the cards, I turned over the predictions and each matched in color and suit.