Monthly Archives: March 2013


When my father-in-law was still alive, we’d make an annual pilgrimage to the apple orchards at Oak Glen near Yucaipa. Crowding my three children into a minivan for the long trip was a choice my wife and I made willingly–and … Continue reading

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When a new year begins, it is not uncommon for people to make resolutions: they find themselves dissatisfied with some aspect of themselves or their lives, and so they promise themselves that they will make a change or two. It … Continue reading

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It is odd what will trigger a memory. And even odder, sometimes, are the memories that are triggered. Every morning I have coffee. I have been having coffee for years, ever since I came back from my first summer trip … Continue reading

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Judas the Quisling

In 1940, as the Germans invaded Norway, Vidkun Quisling, head of the Norwegian Fascist Party, announced a coup d’etat against his own Norwegian government. He subsequently collaborated with the Nazis and served as Minister President of Norway under the Nazi … Continue reading

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Customer Service

After I graduated with an undergraduate degree in History, I went to UCLA to pursue my master’s degree in Semitic languages. To pay for all of that, as well as an apartment and food, I worked at the Burbank Airport … Continue reading

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Life As We Don’t Know It

“The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.” So said J.B.S. Haldane in Possible Worlds and Other Papers in 1927. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the astronomer Percival Lowell mesmerized the … Continue reading

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Planet Pi

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Moon and Jupiter

Tonight we attempted to see the comet PanSTARRS again; but we had prayer meeting tonight and by the time we got outside the comet had set. But, I had my telescope with me (a Meade 3 1/2 inch Maksutov–Cassegrain with … Continue reading

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Comets and Other Stuff

I finally got to see the comet PanSTARRS tonight, together with my wife and Kathy Newman, who took several excellent pictures of it. We watched it from our church; it was dark there and we had a clear view of … Continue reading

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Speaking in Public

I saw a bumper sticker once which said something along the lines, “Do not annoy dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.” I tend to look at audiences as being dragons and myself as something crunchy. I think … Continue reading

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