Able or Skilled?

Able or Skilled?

I am able to use my right foot. Pretty cool, right? I have never broken it or left it carelessly under your cow’s back hoof when she stamped it in the muck. I have not even spilled hot coffee on it. My right foot works just fine, thank you. But see if I can kick […]

Over the Edge?

Over the Edge?

You can’t fall over a cliff from far away. You’ve got to be near the edge. So, are you near the edge today? It sure can happen, can’t it? Even the best of us – and that’s a hard club to join anyway – can feel pushed too far some days. The question really is, […]

Focus

Focus

Some scientists today are questioning the popular notion of multitasking, the much praised ability to do a bunch of things all at once. Do you do it? Multitasking is supposed to be the badge of today’s legendary supermom, for example – job, kids, household, alluring spouse and, of course, dog walker-feeder-scooper upper after. The same […]

There are none so blind as…

There are none so blind as…

…the one who will not see. I bet you know somebody, and probably more than one, whose mind is so made up that he doesn’t want to be confused by any more facts. Some people are so sure they are right they simply won’t take another look… until they fall on their face. Consider: Some […]

Random Acts

Random Acts

“Random” has turned into a slang buzzword. On the street it means just about nothing like what it really means. So, if you have tweens and teens loitering someplace in your world, or little bros and sisses of such people, be aware you may become random-ized next time you do something shockingly parental or grown-up. […]

Things Change

Things Change

The last few weeks have been a time to watch things change. Take the Celts, for example. The Celtic Festival coming up in Mayville is always a great community event, lots of fun and even inspiring with its music and traditions. Please accept your Jamestown Gazette’s cover story invitation to take it all in and […]

An Orchestra Full of Stars

An Orchestra Full of Stars

Doesn’t that phrase bring a romantic image to mind?… beautiful music under the stars on a moonlit summer night. What could be better? Those words have a different meaning for an orchestra conductor, though. Kurt Masur, one of the great maestros the 20th century, the late music director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, once […]

It’s All About Power

It’s All  About Power

My friend has a new car that’s so high tech, driving it is like sitting inside a plush computer and flying through space. And it’s got power to burn. Funny thing, though, all that power is still rated in yesterday’s old fashioned units… the power of horses, 450 of them, to be precise. Then there’s […]

It’s Not Rocket Science

It’s Not  Rocket Science

But comedy is a science, believe it or not. There are scientists who study it like a bug under a microscope. They even use big, unpronounceable words like paraprosdokian, and a few weird ones familiar only to word-nerds, like syllepsis and zeugma. Yes, people actually study humor scientifically. I wonder if that’s for people who […]

Anthropocentric?

Anthropocentric?

Nice word, huh? It’s not a word that shows up in ordinary conversation when you order your Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino at Starbucks or while you pack your kids’ school lunch. It means “You, human being, are the center of the universe, the most important element in all existence. Everybody and everything else simply isn’t. […]

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