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All of his young life Bazalel Katz hated his name.  He had to spell it for everyone and his father refused to allow him to change it.  In 1938 he fled Europe and moved to what is now Israel.  When at his port of entry...

According to the latest Scientific American, “When people feel safe and secure, they become more liberal, when they feel threatened, they become more conservative.”  This helps explain one reason why elderly people tend to become more conservative as they age.  As we age and realize...

The evening network news aired a clip of a reporter interviewing a Syrian rebel.  The reporter asked him how concerned he was because the rebels were incredibly out-gunned.  “God is on our side,” responded the fighter.  A minute or so later a member of the...

There is a haunting quotation in Paradise Lost by John Milton.  He wrote, “Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe.”   To retaliate with force is a natural human reflex.  If someone strikes us, if we do not pause to think, we hit...

Officially it is July 31.  In actuality it is February 30.  Dear old Julius Caesar, this month’s namesake, decided his month should have an extra day.  To steal a day from February and add it to the end of his month was a safe political...

In today’s Sunday cartoon episode of Calvin and Hobbes, a philosophical little boy and his toy tiger, Calvin ponder the morality of the universe. After not receiving a sign that he should not throw a water balloon at a little girl, he, of course, throws...

There is a fly at my window.  He can’t get out.  He must be puzzled. He can see the outside.  There are trees, azaleas, blue sky and squirrels right in front of him, but try as he might he can’t get to them.  There is...

Luke 4:22 reads regarding Jesus, “(They) were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips.”  The Jews were so sure they were the chosen people there was no room for others in God’s Kingdom.  It was often said the gentiles were born to...

When we go grocery shopping my wife and I always buy a loaf of bread.  I am not sure when we got a loaf ahead.  But the new loaf cannot be used until the old loaf is gone.  That means this week we will eat...

The green gecko promises me I can save 15% on my auto insurance if I will go with Geico. State Farm promises a 40% saving on car insurance.  But I am not sure it is 40% of what.  Allstate promises 45% savings for safe driving...