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The Truth About Abortion

Right now the story dominating headlines is, of course, the leaked Supreme Court memo indicating that come June, Roe vs. Wade will no longer be the law of the land. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Senate Republican majority leader Mitch McConnell blocked President Barack Obama from appointing centrist Merrick Garland to the … Continue reading The Truth About Abortion

Cell Phone Zombies?

When I was a kid my parents had some fairly strict guidelines for me as far as how much time I could spend staring at a screen. For a lot of my childhood there were no video games and smart phones were decades away, so it was mostly about television. I was allowed to watch … Continue reading Cell Phone Zombies?

The Truth About Gas Prices

For as long as I can remember I have had insatiable curiosity. When I don’t understand something I seek as many sources of information as I can find in my quest for understanding. Thankfully, and not coincidentally, my family has always been a great starting point. During the COVID-19 pandemic it was extremely helpful to … Continue reading The Truth About Gas Prices

A New Christmas Story

I recently broke down and added Paramount+ to the array of streaming services we have in our household. You see, I watched as one by one the Star Trek entities beamed up from Netflix to their new mothership and we finally hit critical mass. I mean, I have all the classic series on DVD, but … Continue reading A New Christmas Story

Sunrise, Sunset

For Roger Ingram on his 80th birthday. Last weekend I made something of a flying road trip from Dallas, Texas to Owensboro, Kentucky for my dad’s 80th birthday party. For a teacher in a district that struggles to find substitutes, that meant taking just one day off for a trip that meant an 11-hour drive … Continue reading Sunrise, Sunset

The Lost History

Do we live our lives remembering a past that didn’t actually exist? “Where I’m from we believe in all sorts of things that aren’t true. We call it history.” – The Wizard of Oz – Wicked A couple of weeks ago a colleague recommended that I read Wright Thompsons’s book, entitled Pappyland: A Story of … Continue reading The Lost History

Seashells and Waterfalls

I am a huge fan of video games, going way back. When I say “way back,” I mean I can remember the first time I saw a Pac-Man arcade machine and the immediate addiction that ensued upon insertion of that first quarter. That was before there were video arcades with dozens of machines lined up … Continue reading Seashells and Waterfalls

Social Media Is NOT News

Lin Manuel-Miranda is a musical genius. If you don’t know, you better ask somebody. After watching and listening to “Hamilton” dozens of times I read the book by Ron Chernow that inspired the musical and I was blown away by Miranda’s ability to take complex relationships and situations and boil them down to a few … Continue reading Social Media Is NOT News

Getting Out of Your Mind

In 1987 Paramount announced that they were launching a reboot (a relatively new concept at the time) of their classic and iconic space opera, Star Trek. Like everyone else, I was dubious. After all, central to the enduring success of Star Trek was the relationship between Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy. How good … Continue reading Getting Out of Your Mind


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