Answering the Unanswerable (Part I)

If you are underage, please ask your parents before reading this post. When I wrote my post Christianity, Atheism, and Morality, I knew I might tick someone off. That wasn't my goal. I was trying to make us think about where morality comes from. But I knew it was possible, and two atheists commented. One…

Jane Eyre visited (finally!)

Even though I was an English major in college, I had never read Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte. Scandalized, my youngest daughter purchased a copy for me, and now that COVID-19 has struck and I'm stuck at home until the governor of our state decides otherwise, I have finally read it. I'll attempt to avoid…

The Boston Tea Party — 2020 style

For those who read my blog and live in other countries and who might not know what the "Boston Tea Party" is, let me explain. When America was merely 13 colonies established by Great Briton, England decided to put a tax on tea. Tea was considered a luxury item in the colonies. Many colonists were…

Interactions

We were "zooming" with our children when my oldest son became agitated upon learning that in some states, pig farmers are on the verge of slaughtering and then burying their pigs. Why? Because meat processing plants are being shutdown because of fears of COVID-19. They can't sell their pigs to the meat processing plants. You…

Gems from “Undaunted Courage”

In 1996, Stephen E. Ambrose published his history of Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the "opening of the American West," Undaunted Courage. Essentially a biography of one half of the team that led the Lewis and Clark expedition (Meriwether Lewis), it spent most of its time in the new Louisiana Purchase and the triumphs and…

I suppose I should be thankful.

The picture leading this post was taken during an actual physical fight in the Parliament of Ukraine. The Ukrainian legislative body isn't the only one that has degenerated into fisticuffs, like children daring each other, "Wanna fight about it?" Just a cursory look at pictures available on the internet says it's happened in Russian, Syria,…

Don’t Lose Your Courage

When our family was young, we went on vacation. At that time, we had three children: two girls 7 and 2 and one boy of 5. We were eating outside our KOA (Kampgrounds of America) cabin when a number of yellow jackets who had nested near our cabin, attracted by the food, descended upon us.…