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Today I watched love being used as a brutal tool.  There is no question in my mind but that the father loves his son.  There is no question that the father wants the best for his son.  There is no question the father believes his...

Our grandfather clock has boldly reminded me that another hour of life is gone.  I have silenced the quarter hour reminders and will most likely soon silence the hourly herald of the coming of the grim reaper.  But wait, that’s really morose.  There is a...

Every once in a while one of my undergrads delivers a great line.  This morning we were discussing the value of personal appearance and the topic roamed to very plain people marrying spectacular looking people.  One of the jocks on the back row spoke up...

It is difficult for us not to be the center of the universe.  Self permeates our actions and attitudes.  As long as crime is committed on the other side of the tracks we are fairly comfortable.  Bombs go off almost every day on the other...

He was seventeen.  (He told me his age in a later conversation.)  But that isn’t the interesting part of the story.  Over the weekend my wife and I stayed in one of those motels that includes breakfast.  I watched this young man come into the...

Jumping the Gun Sometimes we are so anxious for something to happen we rush to judgment.   Email, Facebook, Twitter and all the other forms of media communication have made it so easy to almost instantly disseminate stories and rumors that feed into what we want to...

The following happened in front of my eyes this noon while I was waiting for my wife to come and pick me up.  (I like it when she picks me up.  She started over 50 years ago.) He looked all of 80, thin, shuffling, a bit...

Yesterday afternoon I inadvertently discovered our doorbell was not working.  I wondered how long it had been dead.  Who came only to think we were not home or worse that we were hiding from them?  (Well, maybe that isn’t so bad.  There are some people...

Today was “Fear Day” in my human development course.  Having been given the weekend assignment of looking up various fear or phobia lists on the Internet my students were to come prepared to confess to their particular fears.  You can imagine the liveliness of the...

Maybe I am being less sophisticated as I near my three score and ten but events of these last few days have really impressed me.  I was duly impressed that there were 135 tornados in less than 24 hours in the Midwest. Eighteen elite runners...