A Sad, but Beautiful Story

A senseless death. A mother's unending love. Martin was a father of five and ran his own music production company. No matter how late he’d work into the night, every morning he was at his parents’ door, looking for coffee and conversation with his mom, Elsa. They’d talk about their nights, their plans for the … Continue reading A Sad, but Beautiful Story

Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?

There it was, staring me in the face. My wife and I had just turned on the TV to watch ABC World News Tonight, and during the intro the screen flashed the letter that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller had sent to Attorney General William Barr. The first thing I noticed was the misspelling, sticking out … Continue reading Seriously? How Could Anyone Forget The First Spelling Rule Most of Us Learned?

Music Monday: Another Reason to Love the Killers

The Killers are one of the few new bands I got to know after my college years, and even then I was late to the game. I first saw them perform "Human" on Saturday Night Live back in 2008, at that point they had been around for about five years. Another favorite song is "All … Continue reading Music Monday: Another Reason to Love the Killers

Add One More to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences

It's been a recurring theme in my posts - unintended consequences. I find the topic fascinating because the unintended consequence is usually something I would have never thought of. For instance: A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a possible downside to peace - the destruction of rainforests. I've also written about the unintended … Continue reading Add One More to My Growing List of Unintended Consequences

Some Words of Advice

Earlier this week, Paul Ryan, the former Speaker of the House, took some heat for offering Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) some unsolicited advice on how to be a good member of Congress. Ryan said he had advised Ocasio-Cortez to “take it easy, just watch things for a while, don’t ruffle, you know, see how it works first.” He … Continue reading Some Words of Advice

Is There a Downside to Peace?

Who would have thought that there could be an ecological downside to peace, to the end of conflict and war? After all, isn't peace what we are always striving for? So what could go wrong once peace is established? An article in Saturday's Wall Street Journal references a paper published last month in the journal … Continue reading Is There a Downside to Peace?

Rejected, Again

It was my sixth attempt; the previous five had all resulted in a "thanks, but no thanks" decision. Maybe today would be my turn, I would be one of the chosen few. I really wanted to do this, but alas, it was not meant to be. I'm talking about jury duty. Even though I've been … Continue reading Rejected, Again

Getting Too Much Fake News on Facebook? Blame Your Conservative Grandparents

Researchers at Princeton and NYU's Social Media and Political Participation Lab examined the individual-level characteristics associated with sharing false articles on Facebook during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Here were some of the results: first and foremost, sharing content was a relatively rare activity. Roughly 1 in 12 users shared fake news stories. Those who shared the most … Continue reading Getting Too Much Fake News on Facebook? Blame Your Conservative Grandparents

How Can One Person Have So Much Hate?

I'll never understand how some people could have so much hate that it leads them to want to kill other people. Yet it happens time and again, and it seems to be getting worse; more violent and more widespread. Despite this, I'm still optimistic that such behavior is not the norm, and that kindness and love … Continue reading How Can One Person Have So Much Hate?

Lots of Good News Today, from My Perspective

Three unrelated items were in the news today, and from my perspective, all three represented positive developments. The first was the signing of an executive order by Governor Gavin Newsom of California that will place a moratorium on the death penalty in California. At a news conference in Sacramento today, Newsom noted that there are 737 … Continue reading Lots of Good News Today, from My Perspective