Did Vietnamese Children Ruin the Fabric Patch Industry?

Do you know what this is? It's a fabric patch. I'm using it to repair a butterfly net but it is made to repair holes in jeans or tears in shirts when you slip under a barbed-wire fence and catch your sleeve on one of the barbs because Rocky is chasing you with a big … Continue reading Did Vietnamese Children Ruin the Fabric Patch Industry?


The consistency of morals

I've recently written a couple of short blurbs (here and here) about how our sense of right and wrong develops from nature. This is extraordinarily unsatisfying and offensive to many people. They want to know how we avoid moral pandemonium without a set of rules about right and wrong that come from on high. This is a … Continue reading The consistency of morals

Memorial Day remembrance with photo

A few years ago, I was at a dinner party. A kid was there  - a kid to me - who was getting ready to leave for his first military tour in Afghanistan. He was ecstatic. He was a Marine, I think, and his job was to hover in a helicopter above the fray and … Continue reading Memorial Day remembrance with photo

Do it before the bad guys break in

I think about a lot of things when I run. Today I thought about the ring and necklace found sealed in a mug in the Auschwitz Museum that I mentioned yesterday. I'm a list junkie. I make lists just for the fun of crossing things off my lists. A few days ago, I was looking through … Continue reading Do it before the bad guys break in

President Obama on Free Speech

Copyright Dennis Mitton From President Obama's speech to the commencement crowd at Howard University: "There's been a trend around the country of trying to get colleges to disinvite speakers with a different point of view or disrupt a political rally," Obama said at his commencement addresses at Howard University. "Don't do that, no matter how … Continue reading President Obama on Free Speech

Bugs, Big Data, and Beauty at home

I saw the first bug of the year today. Under the lamp outside our front door. The lamp is a faux colonial which burns out bulbs almost as fast as I can replace them. It glows more than illuminates but the animal world loves this dim beacon. I check it each morning when I leave the house … Continue reading Bugs, Big Data, and Beauty at home

Tolstoy, Mother Earth News, and Can’t We All Just Get Along?

First, an apology Sometimes, I think I should apologize to my friends and readers. Blogging wisdom tells authors to select a topic, write about it widely and deeply, and provide usable and shareable content for readers. And don't forget the SEO! Besides the brute fact that I hate the very concept of content there are … Continue reading Tolstoy, Mother Earth News, and Can’t We All Just Get Along?