Meat or Poison?

Meat or Poison?

“One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” It is an old proverb that is rarely disputed. In fact, it has often come to the rescue of a child “encouraged” by well-meaning parents to eat his broccoli, Brussels sprouts and chicken livers. Some give credit – or blame – to the Roman poet Lucretius for first […]

Comedy

Comedy

How many ways can you laugh? There’s a belly laugh, a giggle and a chuckle. How about a cackle, a snicker or a snort? And when you were a kid, I bet there was even one kind of laughing called, “I laughed so hard soda came out my nose!” Every kind of laugh has one […]

Bridges

Bridges

The longest bridge in the world is 102.4 miles long. It took 10,000 workers and just 4 years to build. It’s in China,  a railroad bridge called the Danyang–Kunshan Grand Bridge. The world’s longest highway bridge, a six-lane elevated expressway, is 34-miles, the Bang Na in Thailand. It contains more than 9 billion 500 million […]

Tourists

Tourists

What most people don’t understand is that UFOs are on a cosmic tourist route. That’s why they’re always seen in Arizona, Scotland, and New Mexico. Another thing to consider is that all three of those destinations are good places to play golf. So there’s possibly some connection between aliens and golf, according to Alice Cooper. […]

Actors to Movies to Talkies

Actors to Movies to Talkies

It all started a long time ago… and we’re not sure how. Historians say that acting was invented about 2,600 years ago by a Greek tragic actor named Thespis… hence all such people since that day are called “Thespians.” Personally, I doubt it. The very first actor was probably the first kid whose mother yelled, […]

Whose history is it, anyway?

Whose history is it, anyway?

No history book ever written recorded everything that ever happened. No history book could be that big. Historians only record two things: what we want to remember and what we can’t ignore. The problem with what we want to remember is that it is based on what we think is important today. Sometimes it is […]

First, Do No Harm

First, Do No Harm

My Boy Scout merit badge book said “citizen” was another word for “member,” and membership came with both benefits and duties. I soon noticed that among some “grownups” citizenship usually only meant “I have a right to do that!” or simply, “I have my rights!” Communities and democracies can only thrive in the hands of […]

How did another one slip past us?

How did another one slip past us?

Since the Sandy Hook school shooting on Friday, December 14, 2012, there have been nearly 240 school shootings in the United States. In those events, 138 students, teachers and staff were killed among the 438 people who were shot. In the first 6 weeks of 2018, 17 school shootings put this year on target for […]

A Season of Champions

A Season of Champions

There is only one number 1. Only one first place. Everybody else is an “Also ran.” So after this year’s Cinderella Super Bowl win by the Eagles, could the Patriots at least walk away saying – as any underdog can be heard to say in any good New York deli – “So what are we, […]

Control!

Control!

Control! Power! Command! Everybody has some. It’s what you do with your steering wheel, your TV remote and even whatever you chose to put in your hot, steaming morning mug of coffee. You are in control! But some days that’s where it seems to stop. There’s so much more I wish I could control. Take […]

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