Say What?!

For me, the biggest surprise in James Comey's hearing on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee was his statement that he leaked information to the press to pressure President Trump to do what he wanted him to do.  This struck me as a jaw dropping admission that the media (to judge from the internet) seems…

Walt Disney’s World

As I promised in my last blog, I wanted to provide my impressions of Walt Disney World park in Orlando, Florida.  We've done this trek to Orlando three times as a family now -- something I never thought we'd ever be able to do even once because of the expense.  If you go every year,…

Sea World Orlando

If you've been paying attention, you might have gathered we've been vacationing in Florida.  We're back, but I thought I'd put down some thoughts about another of the many attractions in the Orlando area:  Sea World. Sea World is a great bargain As far as amusement parks go, Sea World is only outrageously expensive instead…

Universal Translator

I and my family and guest just recently spent a day in Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.  Here are some observations for your consideration. Universal has no Shame! Well, of course, I knew everything would be more expensive than in the real world, but we paid almost $130.00 for a lunch for 6 people!  Really!  …

The Book Wasn’t Better!

How often have you heard "The book was better"?  It's normally the truth.  After all, a book can be as detailed or complex as the author wants, but a movie or TV show is bound by the limits of time -- unless, of course, you're talking about the Lord of the Rings movies which, like…

The Truth about Success

When I was a teenager, my mother told me she thought I could President of the United States.  She was completely serious -- but, then, she was my mother.  As a young man, this goal didn't seem unreachable.  When you are young, all goals seem with reach, no matter how improbable.  You could be an…

Religion and Intelligence

I was out sharing a meal with my wife and a mutual friend, and our friend mentioned an NPR broadcast she had heard.  According to her, the journalist was interviewing researchers who asserted that intelligence and religious belief are inversely correlated.    In other words, the more intelligent you are, the less likely you are…

Teenagers, alcohol, and sex

I was listening to a repeat of a National Public Radio (NPR) show called "Fresh Air".  Terry Gross was interviewing Peggy Orenstein.  Ms. Orenstein wrote the books Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Schoolgirls, Young Women, Self Esteem, and the Confidence Gap, and others.  The interview was repeated because her latest book, Girls & Sex, is coming…

Comic Books for Parents, Part III

In previous posts Comic Books for Parents: Part I and Comic Books for Parents, Part II, I discussed (respectively) the adult nature of comic books and how a parent who is concerned might lesson the harmful effect of that nature on their children.  I have discovered that even the most permissive of parents are surprised at…