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Very Valuable You: First Axiom for a Better World

Thank you for following-I appreciate you! I have started a new blog called “Truth Scooper” since I looked back over my life and realized I spent most of my growing-up years on the farm shoveling manure and there’s an awful lot of BS in the news that needs to be scraped off the neurons of … Continue reading

How gifted do you have you be before they say you are crazy?

Have people ever told you that you are gifted? Do you have a gifted child? What does that mean; and how gifted do you have to be before they call you crazy? I got excited when I watched the movie “A Beautiful Mind.” Based on the true story of the Nobel Prize winner, John Nash, … Continue reading

What do you want to do tonight? I know, let’s do philosophy!

Words you will never hear: “What do you want to do tonight?” “I know, let’s do philosophy!” “Great, let’s invite the neighbors!” I don’t blame people. The father of modern philosophy, Rene Descartes, said, “There is nothing so strange or so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another.” Rene set … Continue reading

Jews and Arabs Refuse to be Enemies

Two days ago I saw a little news blurb about a priest in Palestine who told his Muslim neighbors that “If your mosque is blown up, use our church for your prayers.” This made me smile, this sounds like a real Christian. Today the hashtag #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies has gone viral with photos of Jews and Arabs…refusing … Continue reading

How One Christian Helped Build the Beast of Political Zionism

The Butterfly Effect comes to mind; the theory that a small change affects other things in a causal chain until a huge effect becomes visible. You have likely never heard of William Hechler, an Anglican clergyman born in 1845. The name Theodore Hertzl, father of Zionism, is perhaps more familiar to you, but we would … Continue reading

In the Garden: Why not a hummingbird hat!?

In my quest to find something wonderful in my tiny garden every day, yesterday was easy. A hummingbird visited a sunflower, shining green, wings beating so fast they were a blur. “Oh, you beautiful thing,” I whispered. I had the same urge as I had when I observed bejeweled tropical fish in the wild, the … Continue reading

Don’t Be Fooled by Pretty Little Packages

When I was a high school student, Vance Packard’s “Hidden Persuaders” was on our summer reading list. Packard shows all the ways advertisers trick us, using our basic human quirks against us, which quirks advertisers understand better than we do ourselves. Forever after reading it, I would annoy people watching television by asking: “Do you … Continue reading

In the Garden: Sun and Flower

You probably know that you are not supposed to take photos with the camera aimed directly at the sun. This morning I reminded myself of that rule as I took a photo with the camera aimed directly at the sun. In fact I reached up overhead to take it and snapped wildly. I didn’t have … Continue reading

The Designated Devil Du Jour

Mao, bin Laden, Saddam, Putin, Ayatollah Anybody… The unifying power of a common enemy is well-known and often exploited. As Condoleeza Rice reportedly said in a Houston speech in 2000, “We need a common enemy to unite us.” Catholics, immigrants, the Irish (Catholic immigrants!) Communists, Muslims, terrorists, (Communist and Muslim terrorists!) have all been exploited … Continue reading

Show me your phobia and I’ll show you mine

C’mon, admit it-you have a phobia. What is it? The bad news yesterday was that a big banana spider had webbed up my front door during the night. The good news was that I wasn’t the first person out that door. “I hated to kill it,” my son-in-law said, “but I walked right through the … Continue reading