Much Smarter

June 6, 2016

ook in the mirror. If you are wearing a Trump or Clinton t-shirt, button or hat, or if you’re smiling when contemplating our global image, or if you think this is a Christian nation, STOP. This article isn’t about you. Despite the fact that millions upon millions of people have such abysmally low standards (and/or […]

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March 21, 2015

hey could go by many names. The 47 clowns. The 47 idiots. The 47 racists. The 47 bozos. The 47 incompetents. The 47 nincompoops. Take your choice. Or, I would suggest we refer to them at The Illegals. It’s appropriate.

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June 13, 2014

Writing a blog is, in and of itself, a lonely pursuit. Sitting in my office, with no one else around, staring at my computer screens, the television tuned to a news channel, I’m not in the most social of settings. Living in my native state of Tennessee, an economic, social, intellectual and political backwater, engenders […]

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A Bigger Bang

March 16, 2014

n grammar school one of my treasures was a telescope. If the Friday night sky was clear the university’s telescope was open to the public. It was located on the other side of the ridge, which blocked some of the town’s light. I would peddle the 6 miles to wonder what it was all about. […]

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Pale Blue Dot

November 10, 2013

t’s a pity that some are too young to have been enthralled by the messages and, indeed, the voice of Carl Sagan. You didn’t need to be inspired to become an astrophysicist or an astronaut. You could be inspired with a sense of wonder at the Earth on which we stand Enjoy this very short […]

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It Was A . . .

August 15, 2012

his is a chance for me to think more highly of myself as a writer. Every year the English department of San Jose State University holds the Bulwer-Lytton competition. It is named after Victorian novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton. Why honor a person with whom you are likely unfamiliar? He is the author infamous for the cliché opening line, “It […]

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Words Fail Me

August 2, 2012

ords may fail me but seem never to have failed that master polemicist, Gore Vidal. It’s difficult to consider oneself a writer whenever one reads a titan such as he. It does, however, give one a truer perspective. In light of our relative literary strengths, I will rely for the greater part of this small […]

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Some Churchill Favorites

June 29, 2012

he word for the day is paraprosdokian. A paraprosdokian is a sentence in which the latter part is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe the first part. They are usually humorous, sometimes producing an anticlimax. Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they […]

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Car Nation

February 4, 2012

ould we exist without the automobile? The question pops into my head every time I stop at the pump, but there is reason for doubting the possibility. One of every ten jobs in the country is manufacturing cars or supplying the manufacturers. Add in the dealers, the repair shops, gas production and distribution and a […]

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Worry Not

July 14, 2011

Yes, I’m back from vacation. I know. You didn’t even realize I was gone. Well, it wasn’t really a vacation. It was 9 days at Fall Creek Falls State Park with about 70 of my wife’s relatives. No it wasn’t as bad as it sounds. Actually there is a little good came about while I […]

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