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phil-naessens's picture
Feb.20.2014
  Baseball’s Spring Training is in full swing and there is a sense of excitement in the air. Optimism usually reigns supreme and for the most part we’re all excited to see just what the “boys of summer” have in store for us this season.     Usually this time of year I think back on...
tim-haywood's picture
Jan.28.2014
I hope you don't mind, but it's time to sound like an old guy.  Please read on, though, because a lot of you are also old, and if you aren't, this could prove useful. It doesn't hurt to look ahead a little, because as our good friend Russ Wilson likes to say, "The separation is in the...
jm-cornwell's picture
Nov.22.2013
School principal, Verenice Gutierrez, has decided that a peanut butter sandwich is racist. It is not enough that people can be racist, but now our food is racist. Everything we eat now has a vicious connotation and Ms. Gutierrez is making sure that teachers in her school take a sensitivity course...
farzana-versey's picture
Oct.04.2013
Can a novelist predict events or does he assume by relying on common sense? Tom Clancy's obituary pieces, while paying a tribute to his hugely popular espionage genre, have invariably mentioned his 'predictions'. He had believed so himself when he stated, “I hang my hat on getting as many things...
w-l-hoffman's picture
Jun.12.2013
Absent extraterrestrials accelerating our learning curve by letting us ride their alien coattails as Space-faring vagabonds, humanity’s future rests with colonizing the final frontier. The hazards of this gamble will be severe. We may even splinter into multiple subspecies as we adapt to conditions...
jm-cornwell's picture
May.09.2013
1984 is one of those books I thought I'd read in school, but hadn't actually read. I did see the movie with John Hurt as Winston Smith and most of the language of 1984 has passed into common use, like Big Brother, thought police, thought crimes, etc. George Orwell's take on the future is...
rebbecca-hill's picture
Jan.13.2012
This morning when I got out of bed to begin my morning routine, my significant other said to me in that You talkin to me? way, “You laughing at me?” He’s not usually conversational when I begin my morning routine because he sleeps an extra hour or so. “Huh?” I said. Clueless, I reached for my...
hank-quense's picture
Nov.26.2011
Have you noticed how many stores and public places now have video cameras? They record everything going on around them.  Sounds a bit like Orwell's 1984, doesn't it?  Except--how many times have you seen a film clip of a crime in progress on the TV news? Using the cameras to identify...
cara-lorello's picture
May.13.2011
I was seventeen when I first read 1984, and that was the year George Orwell forever changed my view of the world. I don't think any other novel read during my school years quite impacted my thinking the way 1984 did. I discovered it in 1999, so the plot in the book had long since past. It was...
melissa-broadway's picture
May.12.2011
At the ripe of age of 11 or 12, I learned there were such things as banned books.  It did not set well with me even then, and I went in search of books my teachers and librarian considered “scandalous for someone of that age”.  Until now, it never occurred to me that this was my introduction to...