My Favorite Movie

I just watched my favorite comedic movie Mr. Hulot’s Holiday for the umpteenth time. After all these years, I still enjoy it. Why? Maybe I enjoy it because I can identify with Mr. Hulot and the characters in the movie. Unlike many slapstick comedies where the characters are too exaggerated, the characters and situations in …

Robotics Class

The other day I picked up my grandson William from his summer robotics class.  When I asked him how class went, with a tear in his eye he said “ I don’t want to go back tomorrow.” “Why not?, I asked. He related how things were going well until one boy started making fun of …

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and politics (humor)

I always considered myself as an independent voter however in the recent election my Democratic friends and Republican friend said there was no such thing. .I was either for their candidate or I was misguided. This reminded me of Einstein’s explanation of relativity. “If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me …

BEST GIFT

The best gifts are not always the most expensive. Skating with my grandson William was the best present I have had in years. Instead of laboring to help him put on his skates before mine, he has reached the age where he can do it himself and even beat me out onto the ice while …

DIVIDE AND CONQUER

I remember in the Army Command and General Staff College writing a paper suggesting that the way to defeat the USSR (it was during the cold war) was to force them to spend more on their military.  From  what I read and was taught, the Soviet Union spent most of its GDP on the military.  …

Fall

The pic conveys the myriad of emotions I associate with fall. Fall weather is my favorite. i love the colors – red maple leaves and amber birch against a background of leaves that have not turned color yet and conifer evergreens. The reflection in the picture mirrors my reflection of another year passing. Too few …

Test of Knowledge

Knowledge of facts and ability to reason are two different things. “Smart” is not necessarily knowledge of facts. Here is a test of some find interesting. It contains both facts and reasoning: 1. A race car does one mile lap at 60 miles per hour and takes the second lap at 30 miles per hour. …

GAY MARRIAGE & KIM DAVIS

I have heard arguments on both sides of the issue regarding Kim Davis, the county clerk in Kentucky that refused to issue a marriage license to gay couples. Here is my opinion for whatever it is worth. Kim Davis does have the right to refuse to accept gay marriage and exercise her religious beliefs under …

WORLD VIEW – HOW WE INFLUENCE IT

We recently went to Niagra Falls where I read a Canadian newspaper article on racial discrimination in Washington, D.C. This followed a conversation I had with an old friend in Turkey. The friend pointed out the hypocrisy of American policy. He claimed the US reviews Turkey annually for potential human rights violations. Reading about the …