Monthly Archives: May 2013


The science fiction author Jerry Pournelle has been keeping a blog on the internet since before the word “blog” was invented. He simply called it a journal and it is located at Every so often, he’ll comment that “my … Continue reading

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Dwarf Planets

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet. —From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) As we contemplate the fact that Pluto is now to be classified as a “dwarf … Continue reading

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Living With Mental Illness

In many respects, living with and caring for a mentally ill person is like living with any chronically ill individual. The condition does not change much from day to day, and they require constant attention. Some chronically ill individuals are … Continue reading

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August 1914

Alexandr Solzhenitsyn’s historical novel August 1914 recounts the beginnings of of the USSR. The novel centers on the disastrous loss in the Battle of Tannenberg in August 1914, and the ineptitude of the military leadership of Czarist Russia, and how … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law

Just about everyone has heard of Murphy’s Law: “If something can go wrong, it will.” And then there are the various well-known corollaries: “Murphy was an optimist.” And, “If something goes wrong, it will happen at the worst possible moment.” … Continue reading

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Go outside tonight after the sun has long set. Find a place where there are no streetlights and you haven’t a flashlight or match. Choose a night when the moon is not up and its cloudy. Now, toss your car … Continue reading

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Saying No

For most of my life I’ve found it very difficult to tell people no. No matter how busy I might be, I seem to always want to help my friends or family if they need something done. When I was … Continue reading

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Managing Time

At the tiny seminary where I sometimes teach, we have both on campus courses and online courses. Most of the online courses are taken care of by a man who lives in Tennessee, even though our campus is in southern … Continue reading

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Do You Want Fries With That?

Had I been interested in becoming wealthy, I suppose I might have made different educational choices. As an undergraduate, I went to a small Christian college, a liberal arts institution, where I majored in history because I was fascinated by … Continue reading

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