Think About This Your Next Aquarium

It’s an exciting age in which to live. To learn. Especially to discover. There are endless secrets in the cosmos to be discovered, as we realize with each new scientific report or television documentary. Considering we had no idea about antibiotics, DNA, genetics, radio waves, television signals, Internet communication and smartphones just a century ago,... Read more »

Once Upon A Time Comes More Than Once

Everyone has one. Everyone needs one. And although yours and mine are dramatically sealed away, they remain wonderfully accessible. They are known as memory banks, for these guarded sanctums allow you and me to deposit and withdraw as much of our life story as we need. A need especially felt whenever the seasons change on... Read more »

Doubts...? Of Course You Have Doubts...!

It’s called by many names — “The dark night of the soul,” “A crisis of faith,” “The terror.” Each a cluster of words trying desperately to express the horror of it all. More specifically, the horror that sometimes catches up with us in life, whispering into our hearts that everything we once believed is no... Read more »

"Ignore That Man Behind The Curtain...!"

In the ‘Wizard Of Oz’ that man was Frank Morgan, known locally as the Great Wizard. Turns out Dorothy and her friends eventually learn there is nothing else behind that curtain. Kinda what Carl Sagan said and what Neil deGrasse Tyson is repeating in the fascinating “COSMOS” series on television. They do a dazzling job... Read more »

Echoes In The Hills

ECHOES IN THE HILLS The traveler had never found himself this far before, surely not this late in the season. In his farm flat American Midwest, journeys like his meet few mountains; more likely lenient slopes and lush hills inviting you to tread easily among their subtle inclines. Yet always this beckoning, this near-far siren... Read more »

Forgive Me Father I Have Sinned

Most everyone recognizes this Confessional Prayer. Catholic or not, most people can relate to the disappointing fact we all fall short. As one priest put it: “None of us is as good as we had hoped to be, but we try; and the trying is called life.” But have you noticed lately…? All 330 million... Read more »

National Geographic Lists The World's 100 Greatest Mysteries

In last month’s National Geographic, they illustrate what they consider our 100 greatest mysteries.That’s a storyline which may not be a conversation starter with the drinker next to you, but it’s guaranteed to catch the eyes of some airport book browsers. Who doesn’t love a mystery? The editors made some nifty choices: How Did The... Read more »

Who I Wonder Bears The Torches In Your Life

Dying is the least favorite topic among the living. And yet we all know we are fated to die one day. When you think about it, it’s no more morbid than reminding yourself you are fated to fall asleep tonight. Death is the Big Sleep. Regardless of your age, your gender, your ethnicity or your... Read more »

If You're Suffering From S.A.D....

Millions of people, especially in the northern hemisphere, suffer the depressive effects of SAD [sleep affective disorder]. Neurobiologists have been reporting this for years. It has to do with the interrupted balance of such brain chemicals as Serotonin and Melatonin. Usually brought on in the wintertime when there is far less sunlight. The little sun-deprived... Read more »

What's It Like Being Only One Of 11 Billion Planets

Einstein was right — seems the guy is always right! — when he said, “With more knowledge comes more doubt.” With the recent knowledge of 11 billion planets in our galaxy which are possibly as inhabitable as ours, has come a roar of doubts. Doubts in the Vatican…in Mecca…in GPS headquarters…even in Hollywood’s disaster-movie studios.... Read more »