Monthly Archives: June 2012

Mundane

Sometimes life is merely going through the motions. We go to bed at night because it is dark out and the only thing left on TV are infomercials and we really don’t have any interest in purchasing a mop, no … Continue reading

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Memento Mori

A couple of years ago I ran across a video made by the Kodak Company back in the late 1920s. It was a test of their color film for moving pictures. The short movie consisted of children and a smiling … Continue reading

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Facing Setbacks

Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, also runs a spaceship company called Blue Origin. His production and launch facilities for his rather secretive enterprise are located in Culberson County, Texas. Since about the year 2000, his company has … Continue reading

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Commitment

On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepherd rode a Redstone rocket on a short, fifteen minute hop into suborbital space, becoming the first American astronaut. He flew alone in a Mercury capsule. A few weeks later, on May 25, 1961, President … Continue reading

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Conspiracy

Human beings are good at recognizing patterns and diagnosing problems. But sometimes this skill can betray us. While we can run down an electrical problem in our car, find the source of a leak in a pipe, manage to figure … Continue reading

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Growing Up

I am an odd person. Of course, that can probably be said of most human beings. We’re all peculiar in our own way. Upon surveying the gifts I had received on a Christmas morning, I not infrequently as a child … Continue reading

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The Future

On July 20, 1969 human beings first stepped onto the surface of the moon. First was Neil Armstrong, second was Buzz Aldrin. By 1972, when the Apollo program ended, a total of 12 men had walked on the moon. No … Continue reading

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Fans

I’m used to getting criticized. Over the years, I’ve collected a rather large stack of rejection letters. I tell people that such rejections are important in the training of an author: they thicken the skin and prepare one to survive … Continue reading

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Perspective

Rudyard Kipling wrote a poem entitled “If” in 1899. First published in a collection of short stories and poems that appeared in 1910, it is one of my favorite poems. In it, Kipling writes about what it means to be … Continue reading

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How to Build a Book

Most people have had the frustrating experience of purchasing an item at the store, bringing it home, and opening it up only to discover a box of confusing parts and a single sheet of paper with obscure drawings and words … Continue reading

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