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

The Good, the Bad, and the Complacent

Every society includes the good, the bad, and the complacent. Isaiah shows us what to be, and how.  A small, fractious, religiously dominated country was paying tribute to a rich empire with an advanced military. In a fit of hubris, the oppressed people stopped sending their wagonloads of gold, hoping that a neighboring nation would… Read More The Good, the Bad, and the Complacent

The Misty Mountain String Band

For Bluegrass and Americana, you can’t do better than the Misty Mountain String Band (MMSB). I saw them for the first time on 12 May 2017 at an open-air concert in Louisville KY. Formed in Louisville in August of 2012, the MMSB has toured throughout the southcentral United States and released three CDs – Red… Read More The Misty Mountain String Band

A Christian Philosophy of Education

What is Christian, as opposed to secular, education? How do educational theories apply? What should Christians do? I was reading George Knight’s classic Philosophy and Education on a recent flight from Charlotte to Memphis when Paul, a young man in the seat beside me, struck up a conversation. A Punjabi Sikh, Paul had been a… Read More A Christian Philosophy of Education