Monthly Archives: November 2014

Can You Make Any Money At It?

The extended family on my mother’s side used to hold an annual reunion, which I never attended. In between these festivals there was an occasional funeral that attracted a fair number of close relatives. I was present at one such … Continue reading

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Perils of Flying Peter Pan

In the stage play of Peter Pan, Peter makes a dramatic entrance by flying through an open window into the Darling children’s bedroom. Flying, of course, requires some elaborate rigging involving pulleys, wires, ropes, harnesses, and someone to pull the … Continue reading

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Natural Selection 101

Now that the Pope has officially endorsed the theory of evolution, this is a good time to correct some misunderstandings about how evolution works, namely, the process of natural selection. The term “natural selection” seems to imply Mother Nature pointing … Continue reading

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Of Dogs and Shooting Stars

There are several meteor showers that can be seen in mid-February: Alpha Hydrids, Alpha Carinids, Delta Velids, Alpha Centaurids, Omicron Centaurids, Theta Centaurids, February Leonids, and Deltlta Leonids. On the night of February 13, 1956, my friend Darryl and I … Continue reading

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Who Will Believe the Unbelievable?

I am always amazed that so many people profess to know so much about things that are intrinsically unknowable. People have written whole libraries full of seriously-intentioned books about subjects that have been totally invented. They have analyzed and critiqued … Continue reading

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