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Turtle Tales: Billy Wolf and the Giant Snapper

Do you like turtles? I do. Most of them. One day I saw my dog, Misty, barking and pawing at a box turtle at the edge the woods. Her nose told her it was alive, but it didn’t seem to have any body parts and this was driving her crazy. Box turtles have a trap … Continue reading

Is it Fair? Does it Work? And work to do what exactly?

I suggest two minimal criteria must be applied to any given proposal: 1. Is it moral? 2. Does it work? I have written a lot about morality, by which I mean fairness and consideration for the dignity and value of all human life. Without an insistence on morality, or fairness, the proposal under consideration will … Continue reading

Magic Barn: Hiyo Silver, No Way

I am so old I can remember when no one had a TV and when we first got one. TVs were small and the shows were in black and white and they were just as stupid then as they are now. One show was the Lone Ranger, who was a cowboy in stretchy pants and … Continue reading

You’re only as sick as your secrets

“You’re only as sick as your secrets” is a phrase I have heard from recovering alcoholics. The idea behind this is that lying to cover up your wrongdoing keeps you sick. On the flip side, telling the truth about your wrongdoing will make you well, which is also the idea behind the Catholic confessional. If … Continue reading

Turning Mere Thoughts into Reality

I’m sure we take our cool technology for granted, but today I’m a bit awed by the publication of my book “The Magic Barn” as a real, touchable book in full color. It came from my memory through the air and into reality. That’s pretty magic in itself. The Magic Barn is a collection of … Continue reading

Who Says Girls Shouldn’t Go Fishing?

In the old days people thought little girls should not do some things, like go fishing. I didn’t pay any attention to that nonsense and went fishing anyway. I had seen men with fancy rods and reels, but I only had some line, a couple of fish hooks and a can of lively red worms, … Continue reading

What’s so great about America? I’ll tell you

Those who criticize America are accused of hating her, but that is wrong-we only criticize what we care about. For example, if a stranger in a bar makes unwanted sexual advances toward a waitress I will disapprove. If my son did the same thing, I would cloud up and unleash a thunderstorm all over him. … Continue reading

Why we need to resurrect the D’evil

“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” The Usual Suspects (1995) Let’s do a thought experiment. Evil exists all over the world. With the exception of those evils that come from fragile human bodies colliding with such impersonal forces as volcanoes, typhoons and the general laws of physics, … Continue reading

This Blog’s For You

These bean counters tell me real human beings follow this blog. This both humbles and tickles me. But I want to know who you are! Please tell me about you in the comments? Here’s a little about me: I live in GA in a tiny house with a tiny garden on the edge of a … Continue reading

The Magic Barn: The Year We Had No Christmas Tree

  To we kids, days weren’t as important as seasons, which were two: school and summer vacation. We only started counting days as Christmas approached. The year I was nine, Christmas was just ten days away and we still had no tree. “Where is our tree?” I asked Mom. “Everybody else has a tree.” “Ask … Continue reading