Thursday, April 2, 2015

Don't Blink

Saturday, May 4, 2013

I read with interest Jim Castagnera's column on conspiracies last week and have written about some of those conspiracies he cites from a recent poll. It is interesting to view public opinion about various conspiracies and see where belief lies, but I point out with caution that because the majority of the public opinion believes or doesn't believe a position does not necessarily make it so. Some conspiracies are utterly stupid while others are framed to sound implausible. There is a difference between the two perspectives.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

I am extremely grateful as I write this column for several reasons. First I listened to my father's doctor who requested that my brother and I have our colons checked due to our family's history with colon cancer. Typically doctors recommend that such a test is not necessary until one reaches 50, but in cases where family history indicates a higher risk doctors recommend beginning at 40. In my case, my great grandmother died from colon cancer and my grandmother died of pancreatic cancer. While both were well over 70 when they got sick, the danger was there.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

My Aunt Esther and I had some wonderful conversations over the years about philosophy, religion and life. When she passed away in 2010, those conversations became fond memories and I can recall many of them which keeps her memory alive for me. She would have been 93 this year and my grandmother would have been 101 years old. We spent many evenings around her kitchen table conversing and playing cards when my aunt and uncle would come and visit from Baltimore periodically. The topics were many ranging from family to life and philosophy.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

We recently celebrated Easter and I came across an article this past week from Live Science about the Gospel of Judas. As most people know, Judas Iscariot is portrayed in the Bible as Jesus' Christ's betrayer to the chief priests and Romans which set the stage for Christ's crucifixion on that Good Friday so many years ago. According to the Gospels, Judas sought out the priests and agreed to betray Jesus to Caiaphas with a kiss.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

I want to share a story this week with all of you. Four years ago in 2009, I was laid off after working 20 years in several different positions continuously not to count the three summers I worked while in college. As many of you know, I'm a magician as well as an IT professional and I have been performing magic shows on the side at least up until the economy tanked four years ago. Most of my entertainer friends are still struggling to make ends meet, but fortunately my IT background has paid off in that I was able to find work again.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I bought my first computer in 1986 when I was studying computer science at Bloomsburg University. It was an Epson Equity II and at the time it was a mid-range desktop meaning its processor was not the worst but not the best either. It's hard to believe that was 27 years ago and that the desktop revolution is almost as old as my adulthood which is a thought for another column. Suffice it to say, I along with my peers learned a great deal in those early days.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Usually I write about really weird stories that happen in far off exotic places, but I never dreamed when of the best ones in recent memory occurred right next door in good old Lansford. Usually people joke about the air being thin on top of the mountain in Summit Hill, but it seems the most outrageous behavior lately has been in the valley from Tamaqua to Lansford.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

If you have been watching the History Channel the past few weeks, there is a series currently running on Sunday evenings called "The Vikings". It is a fictional account of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who believes there is much to plunder to the west of his tribe's homeland, but is at odds with the chieftan for his group. He is currently building a boat to make the voyage he thinks will lead him to the rich lands he has heard of in legend.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The year is 1720 and a ship of Irish immigrants departed from Ireland in search of a new life in the New World. They left Londonderry, Ireland for their destination for New Hampshire. The ship "Wolf" carried these immigrants across the Atlantic but fate would intervene. As the "Wolf" neared the coast of New England, it was attacked and boarded by Spanish pirates led by a captain named Don Pedro.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

There was an interesting article that caught my attention this week while surfing the web regarding what I thought was a novel way to solve a problem. The issue is the reptile known as the brown tree snake. This snake is native to eastern and northern Australia and in its normal habitat is part of a food chain that helps control it and keeps the snake population in check. Two predators for this creature are the cane toad and the red bellied black snake.