Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

George Orwell was born 110 years ago this past week - on June 25 to be exact. Orwell's prolific work "1984" was something we all read in high school, but didn't really believe could happen in the 20th century United States.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Irony has its moments. For example, a week or so ago a colleague locked her keys inside her car. Not having AAA or any type of driving support program, she asked me and another colleague if we could assist her in getting her locked door open.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I don't know where to begin this week. At the end of last week, it took a Federal judge to compel Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sebelius to do the moral thing and put 10 year old Sarah Murnaghan on the adult transplant list hopefully improving her chances for getting a lung transplant in the next three to five weeks which is the time doctors say she has left.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Some bizarre and interesting science stories are making the rounds this weekend. First and foremost if fishing for exotic fish is your passion, you are late for a fishing derby with the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. This weekend is the first derby to capture the predatory snakehead fish dubbed the "Fishzilla". This Asian originating fish has no natural predators and its population has exploded in the Virginia headwaters wreaking havoc on the natural environment.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I was originally going to write my column this week by trying to explain how in the world our tiny towns have recently been living down to the newest business enterprise of manufacturing poison for profit. In just a matter of weeks, at least four meth labs have been exposed with one exploding in a residential neighborhood. Many of us are asking why. The reasons are several but it boils down to one thing. We all need to put down our coffee cups and look in the mirror for a moment.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I'm sure when the name Robin Hood is mentioned various personages or characters spring to mind. For some, Errol Flynn is the face that lends Robin Hood life. In later years, it might be Kevin Costner or even Russell Crowe. Some of you might remember the Disney rendition where Robin Hood was a fox, while others with a more wacky reference would remember Mel Brooks' Robin Hood, Men in Tights. The infamous outlaw has been a part of history and legend for practically one thousand years, but little is known about him including if he actually existed.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It is truly amazing how life can turn on a dime. I remember the song "New York Minute" by Don Henley from the 1980s. The lyrics referred to how fast life can change. If you aren't familiar with it the chorus is "In a New York Minute/Everything can change. In a New York Minute/Things can get a little strange/In a New York Minute/Everything can change in a New York Minute".

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.