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Give Me Liberty or Give Me a Sleazy Lawyer

August 1, 2021

The year, 2021, seems to be a particularly bad time to be practicing law, as law suits are running rampart, but good legal advice seems in short supply.

Starwatcher 99: Mercury in Retrograde

June 6, 2021

Everybody likes to stargaze. Possibly, this is a popular trend that dates all the way back to the time when man first emerged from the cave and began to build shelters on the open land.

Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Eclipses, Oh My

May 26, 2021

The next full moon on Wednesday May 26, 2021, will be known as the Super Flower Blood Moon 2021. Sounds ominous for sure, but first let’s examine what is really going on.

Earth Day 2021

April 22, 2021

Right now, it seems to be a race as to whether the collective efforts of mankind or the workings of Mother Nature will be more important in relieving destructive environmental effects upon Planet Earth. 

Prince Philip to be Buried Tomorrow

April 16, 2021

Tomorrow, the 17th of April in 2021, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and husband of Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest. The funeral will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where he will be interred in the Royal Vault.

Pandamonium

July 5, 2020

If these pandas can figure out that facemasks help prevent the spread of coronaviruses, why can’t we.

But Is It Art?

June 27, 2020

One phrase, “art is work” strongly summarizes Milton Glaser’s philosophy – in a nutshell.

Extraterrestrial Messages

June 20, 2020

Strange messages from extraterrestrials can be found everywhere.

Extraterrestrial Messaging

June 11, 2020

Morse Code was the very basis for our computer codes and extraterrestrial messages that are in use today.

Las Vegas – Ghost Town

April 27, 2020

Las Vegas is now a ghost town thanks to the Corona Virus pandemic.

The Day After Earth Day

April 23, 2020

Earth Day has come and gone, which means that it has now been 50 years and one day since we first celebrated this pervasive holiday.

Signs of the Times for Corona Virus

April 9, 2020

A contemporary “Not Wanted” poster makes its appearance in the Mountain West

The Coronavirus Claims a Folksinger

April 8, 2020

John Prine, a noted folksinger from the seventies, has recently passed away, due to complications from the Coronavirus disease.

Wise As An Owl

March 23, 2020

In the West, owls are seen as creatures of wisdom, but by no means is this view universal among the world’s population.

“And the Best You Can Hope For Is to Die in Your Sleep”, Kenny Rogers

March 22, 2020

In the late sixties, Kenny Rogers underwent a remarkable musical odyssey, from a popular psychedelic-rock band to a profound Nashville storytelling sage.

President Trump and Coronavirus

March 15, 2020

Self-quarantine does not necessarily always mean staying indoors.

The Spanish Influenza: The Epidemic That Shook the World

March 3, 2020

The Spanish Influenza of 1918 and 1918 is the largest pandemic ever.

George Washington Revisited

February 22, 2020

It is quite possible that George Washington was our most enigmatic president.

Writing About Volcanoes

January 31, 2020

Volcanoes and other natural disasters generate the most interest when they are most destructive.

Family

December 29, 2019

They’re cute as can be, but don’t get too close.

Gimme Some of That Old Time Religion (but not too much)

December 21, 2019

As WWII was drawing to a close, Louis Jordan released two musical numbers skillfully satirizing rural, black religion.

Christmas Spiders

December 21, 2019

In places like Germany and Poland the spider web is seen as a harbinger of prosperity and good luck.

“Ride ‘Em Cowboy”

November 26, 2019

Ride ‘Em Cowboy, the 1941 Western spoof, helped introduce black singers and performers to mainstream American audiences.

Space Brain

November 25, 2019

What if the universe had a brain?

Is This the First Rock and Roll Song?

November 16, 2019

“You can have my money, you can have my honey, but let me rock and roll”

Every Picture Tells a Story

November 14, 2019

The life of Hercules Posey, George Washington’s cook, tells us a lot about slavery during and after the Revolutionary War

Veterans Day: This Bud’s For You

November 11, 2019

Veterans of the Armed Forces deserve a salute and day of honoring.

Brains

November 8, 2019

Losing one’s mind is not necessarily the end of the world.

History

October 17, 2019

Today’s current events will be history tomorrow.

“Tryin’ To Reason With Hurricane Season”

August 31, 2019

There’s not much we can do about hurricanes except get out of their way, take shelter and perhaps write a song or two about Nature’s awesome power.