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In the 1700’s Grigori Potemkin, a lover of Catherine the Great of Russia, build elaborate facades on the front of hovels when Catherine was on tour in the Ukraine and the Crimea leaving her with the impression the economy was flourishing and the people prospering....

According to Will Durant, the author of the award winning series, “The Story of Civilization,” there have been only 29 years in recorded history when war was not being waged somewhere on earth. Most likely there were wars during those 29 years. We...

For the German philosopher Immanuel Kant the heart of ethical human behavior is as follows, “Act as if the maxim from which you act were to become through your will a universal law.” I must not seek any privilege for myself that I am...

This afternoon I sat in the showroom of a car dealer while waiting for my truck to be repaired. It was a slow day. Four salesmen sat without speaking a word to each other as they peered out the window like hunters in...

Business cards are wonderful things. Properly created they provide an easy way to introduce yourself to someone and supply them access to you with phone numbers and addresses. Through the years I have had a host of business cards made. My...

We watched in awe as the stunt plane streaming white smoke climbed vertically into the sky spiraling upward with the mighty engine straining against the relentless pull of gravity. Slower and slower it climbed until gravity won. The plane sat on its tail...

While I was sitting at my computer a housefly soared past my head and smashed into the computer screen. He either killed himself or at least knocked himself unconscious for he was immediately lying belly up by my keyboard. What surprised me next was...

The discussion was about best practices in teaching reading. My graduate students, most of them elementary teachers, were talking about the use of literature circles, journaling and other techniques used to enhance children’s reading skills. Then it happened one of them said, “You...

Yesterday there was a loaf of Wonder Bread sitting by the roadside on my way to work. It was still there today. It looks quite intact. The brightly colored plastic cover shines in the sunlight protecting its nice soft chewy contents. ...

Today I was reminded of the commonality of all people. We have on our campus a particular professor who enjoys being called “Doctor.” While most of us refer to each other by first names, she is not amused when we call her by...