Monthly Archives: July 2012

Finding Joy

One of the larger office supply stores advertises that buying from them is like having an “easy button.” With a simple push it solves all your office supply problems. Many people spend their lives looking for an “easy button” for … Continue reading

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Writer’s Block

Writer’s block is an unpleasant experience that most writers have the misfortune of facing occasionally. For some, it is a momentary problem that comes on them like a head cold and may last no longer than a twenty-four hour virus. … Continue reading

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On Being Peculiar

Most people who know me well believe that I’m not entirely normal. As an example, I had a dream a few years ago. I dreamed that Sarah Michelle Geller arrived in my office one day—you know, the pretty blonde who … Continue reading

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Being a Technophile

I am a technophile. There, I’ve said it. But I don’t need a twelve-step program. I embrace what I am and I’m proud of it. My wife is also a technophile, and for that matter, so are our children. We … Continue reading

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Where Do Your Ideas Come From?

Ideas for writing come from many places, some stranger than others. I should point out that everyone gets ideas, but unless you’re a writer you’re not likely to pay attention or even notice ideas that might make good articles or … Continue reading

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Many Earths?

TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences run by the American private non-profit Sapling Foundation. It was formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.” Since 2006, the talks conducted at these conferences have been offered for free … Continue reading

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Large Numbers

The estimate of the number of stars in just our Milky Way galaxy is pegged at about 400 billion. The latest estimates based on data collected by the Hubble and other ground based instruments puts the number of galaxies in … Continue reading

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We hear the word “scientific” bandied about on a not infrequent basis by advertisers, politicians, and other authority figures. And most of us think we know what scientific means—and then we get images in our head of beakers boiling, rockets … Continue reading

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Roger Williams

In the United States we often take our freedoms, such as the freedom of religion, for granted. What we experience in this country has existed but a brief moment in the overall history of the world. Prior to people like … Continue reading

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Freedom of Thought

The importance of freedom of thought is easily underestimated. George Orwell, in his novel 1984, discussed it in an interesting way by presenting its opposite: It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over … Continue reading

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