Strataca

The Kansas Underground Salt Museum is a family friendly salt mine and museum to explore near Hutchinson, Kansas. When Emerson Carey founded the Carey Salt Company to mine rock salt in Hutchinson KS in 1923, he could never have imagined that his mines would also turn into a popular tourist attraction and a storage vault… Read More Strataca

Externalities and Internalities

A Christian look at unintended ways that our lives affect others, and what to do. The Cat House Café at the Memphis Zoo sits beside the gibbon exhibit, where Ringo and Talulah entertain guests with their funny faces and their acrobatics. When we eat there, my family and I get a table as close as… Read More Externalities and Internalities

Look What You Made Me Do

A Christian Perspective on Taylor Swift’s song. I rarely comment on trends and events in the entertainment world, mostly because I don’t follow it.  I do follow my daughter’s life, however, and she asked me to comment on Taylor Swift’s latest music video, Look What You Made Me Do. So here I write, as a… Read More Look What You Made Me Do

Robust Thrift

Thrift doesn’t start with seeking sales and clipping coupons, but with a character of contentment. Disasters strike, both in nations and in families. Hurricanes happen, jobs are lost, and terrorists crash airliners into buildings. Our first reaction is disbelief and disorientation. On 9/11/2001 many Americans spent the day staring at the television, unable to accept… Read More Robust Thrift

Greco-Turkish War 1919-1922

The carnage and crucible of WW1 didn’t end in 1918, but the gruesome genocide continued.  World War I had been a catastrophe for the Ottoman Empire. Siding with the Central Powers, including Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Bulgaria, Sultan Mehmed V Rashād (The True Path Follower) fought the Serbians, Rumanians, Russians, British, French, Arabs, and others. The… Read More Greco-Turkish War 1919-1922

The Mystery of Solar Totality

The solar eclipse of 2017 has meaning far beyond the moon passing in front of the sun. 21 August 2017 will be an important day in astronomical history. A total eclipse of the sun will occur, cutting a 70-mile-wide path from Salem, OR to Columbia, SC in the United States.  The physics of this event… Read More The Mystery of Solar Totality

Accident of Birth?

No one’s birth is an accident. The hand of the Sovereign God governs all.  A recent op-ed bemoaned Brexit and the state of the British government. The English author opined that the prime minister was weak, Parliament was fractious, and once respected democratic institutions were losing public trust. Against this gloomy backdrop, one which has… Read More Accident of Birth?

Fame – A Mathematical Model

A non-quantitative way to think about fame, how to increase it, and how to manage it.  (Fame) I’m gonna live forever I’m gonna learn how to fly (High) I feel it coming together People will see me and cry (Fame) I’m gonna make it to heaven Light up the sky like a flame (Fame) I’m… Read More Fame – A Mathematical Model

Communication Conflicts

Assumptions, Emotions, Perceptions, Conditions, and Facts color our communication with ourselves and others. We must learn to manage them. A wise man once said that the hardest thing about communication is the illusion that it has occurred. I have been involved in hundreds of medical, military, and public safety operations, and the after-action reviews of… Read More Communication Conflicts