The Right to Your Own Opinion

A very, very long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, during my undergraduate years, I had a professor who asked the class if we agreed that everyone has the right to their own opinion. We had a conversation and by the end he offered an alternate idea. No one, he said, has theContinue reading “The Right to Your Own Opinion”

Don’t worry ladies. Texas is going to be rape-free.

I have written before when Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, says things that do not hold up well under even light scrutiny. His latest is no different. When asked, in light of the new bill SB 8, why “force a rape or incest victim to carry a pregnancy to term” he responded: “It doesn’t require thatContinue reading “Don’t worry ladies. Texas is going to be rape-free.”

In Praise of the Mundane

C.S. Lewis wrote a poem entitled In Praise of Solid People that for many decades has remained a favorite of mine. The opening stanza reads: Thank God that there are solid folk Who water flowers and roll the lawn, And sit and sew and smoke, And snore all through the summer dawn. The poem continuesContinue reading “In Praise of the Mundane”

Love Your Food and Your Food Will Love You

Growing up in rural Indiana, I was no stranger to farms. Farms and fields were part of the landscape that environed me. My parents kept a small garden from time to time. One of my favorite things to do was to pick a tomato or pull a green onion right from the ground. There isContinue reading “Love Your Food and Your Food Will Love You”

Thoughts for Governor Greg Abbott

The Governor of Texas says that the path forward (in the fight against Covid-19) “lies in personal responsibility not government mandates. “ He has said similar things quite a bit, such as Texans are smart of enough to do the right thing without the government telling them what to do. I think the Governor couldContinue reading “Thoughts for Governor Greg Abbott”

Vaccine Refusal and Faulty Premises

When it comes to the Covid-19 vaccines, it seems a lot of people have forgotten basic facts about how vaccines work in general. I am referring to things that have always been said and understood about every vaccine ever in the history of vaccines. One of the things that I have seen people do onContinue reading “Vaccine Refusal and Faulty Premises”

Worlds that May Be…Thoughts About Books and Imagination

In the novel Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, there is a small but subtly significant part about a bookshop called Underworld Books. In the story, the protagonist, a young man named Owen Hardy, comes upon the shop in the midst of his adventures far from home. In the window, he seesContinue reading “Worlds that May Be…Thoughts About Books and Imagination”