2015 is slipping away

Now that Christmas is behind us, there’s just a few days left in 2015. It’s been quite a year, as I suppose is true of every year on the crazy blue marble we call home. Our losses this year included Ernie Banks, Minnie Minoso, Stuart Scott, Dusty Rhodes, Roddy Piper, and lots of people whoContinue reading “2015 is slipping away”

The Jedi President

So President Obama brought up the ways of the Jedi from the Star Wars series, and welded them onto the Vulcan Mind Meld from the Star Trek series. And some people, desperate to stem the rising Obama tide, have called this a gaffe. But I don’t see it that way. I grew up with StarContinue reading “The Jedi President”

A couple of interesting Lincoln views

One of the perks of being a history geek is having some interesting old things. A piece I wrote about Mount Rushmore yesterday triggered a memory of an old issue of American HeritageĀ from 1977. At about the same timeĀ Star Wars was redefining the movies forever, the self-proclaimed “Magazine of History” ran a story about theContinue reading “A couple of interesting Lincoln views”

A modern pioneer

Like many people, I was stunned by the recent passing of Dr. Sally Ride. Although she was 61 when she passed away, she accomplished very much during her lifetime. The obvious accomplishment was that she was the first woman to go into space. The decision to open up the application process at NASA in 1977Continue reading “A modern pioneer”

A word count milestone

Early in the process of creating and maintaining this blog, I made a decision to keep tabs on how much writing I actually did. I started keeping an Excel file, and every time a new post is added here I record four things: The number of the post, the date it was first published, theContinue reading “A word count milestone”

The movie that changed everything

Today is the anniversary of the release of Star Wars. I was eight years old back in 1977, and had only been to the movies to see old Disney films that had been re-released. My mom had taken me, my sister, and my brother to go and see Dumbo or Bambi or something like that.Continue reading “The movie that changed everything”