Apocalpyse Past

If you read enough history, you come across all sorts of fascinating stories. Some things are just plan educational–you didn’t know that had happened before. And some historical occurrences put things in perspective that life could be a lot worse.
The following two stories have a superficial similarity, but their outcomes are radically different. The first […]

Herbert Spencer on Protecting Fools

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.
–Herbert Spencer
Herbert Spencer said that, but it isn’t really a quote that originated with him. The book of Proverbs holds the same sentiment, and however wrong Herbert Spencer was on some things this statement is certainly true, and […]

On Spring

As we are currently in the midst of spring, this quotation seemed appropriate:
If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change! But now […]

A Word From Madison

Today we bring you a word from James Madison on government and oppression:
Wherever the real power in a Government lies, there is the danger of oppression. In our Governments, the real power lies in the majority of the Community, and the invasion of private rights is chiefly to be apprehended, not from the acts of […]

Deportation and Death

Armenians On Deportation March (source)

This is what loosing everything you had looks like. This is what facing starvation, and death looks like. Between 600,000 to 1.5 million Armenians were killed in the Armenian genocide. Is this a bit of history you aren’t familiar with? Read more about it(1).
(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide

March Sun

Today it is supposed to get up to high in the lower 40’s. Tomorrow, up into the fifties. This morning it started out with a sharp chill, but now as the morning wanes toward noon the temperature is around freezing. The sky is crystal clear, an azure blue with the sun brightly shining. It is […]

The City is Killing You

New studies are coming out all the time which claim to prove this or that point. Some studies “prove” things which were obvious to most of us. Other studies prove less than the authors of the study think. And in some studies the results are debatable but since the results fit in with our own […]

February Thaw

It was early February, that Saturday morning when I went down to the creek. The sun shone from a blue sky, feeling somehow brighter and more cheery that it had in several months. The snow crunched hard under my feet as I walked to the tree line. Snow that has sat many weeks, settling, melting […]

Toothbrushes, Toothbrushes

I don’t engage in extravagant dental care. I floss and brush daily and avoid eating too many sweets–this is the extent of the thought I typically give to my dental hygiene. I have read that you are supposed to replace your toothbrush with some regularity–every six months or year, if I remember right. But I […]