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By now I'm sure many of you have seen Alex Trebek selling Colonial Penn Life Insurance.   In small print at the bottom of the screen are the words "Compensated Endorser."  "That's me," I thought.  "Compensated Endorser."  For over twenty years I have been attempting to...

It's fantastic to live in a community with people who care.  This evening we were unaware that the thunderstorm heading our way housed a tornado.   That is we were unaware until friends south of us who were watching television saw the threat to us.  Our...

A few Christmases ago my sister gave me a really nice comfortable sweater.  I truly like it and wear it on these cool autumn days.  Yesterday in one of my morning undergrad classes one of my students made reference to my ugly sweater.  I really...

Zophar the Naamathite had grown tired of Job’s complaints and broke his silence by saying, “Can thou by searching find out God?”  Since the beginning of time man has been in search of God and all we came up with is pitiful reflections of ourselves. ...

I’m sitting here looking at the current issue of Popular Mechanics.  The cover “grab your attention headline” is 20 Bold Ideas that will change the world; quake proof buildings, cheap solar power, finding water on the moon, curing cancer with laser, cars that drive themselves. ...

I received a telephone call today from an office that said I owed them money.  When I told the lady I had sent the check I sounded like the old “the check is in the mail” story.   But I had and I could tell her...

One of the very first sets of books I ever read was Bedtime Stories by Uncle Arthur Maxwell; five books filled with character building stories for little people. When I was learning to read my father sold those books door to door.  Well, that was...

I witnessed a tiny piece of history today.  I heard a lot of banging in my workspace which is in the basement of our college library.  I found students carrying microfiche machines to the dumpster.  It is the end of an era.  For decades we...

Today was a sleepy day in New England.  It rained most of the day and the temp never went above the mid fifties.  As hard as I tried I couldn’t keep my students awake.  They settled into their chairs and within a few minutes their...

In one of the texts I use in my Philosophy of Education class there is the following sentence.  “As a means of intellectual training, the Bible is more effective than any other book, or all other books combined.”  Last week I mentioned Will Durant’s list...