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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Some Old / New Technology That Has Come A Very Long Way

 It's back to school season, so here's a short primer in Technology 101.  In 1948, Drexel graduate students Bernard Silver and Norman Woodland overheard their...

An Attitude of Wonder

Years ago, as a collector of antiquarian natural history books, I made a wonderful discovery in an old bookshop in Washington, DC.  I found...

Fragrant Forgiveness

As you may have surmised, I rather enjoy alliteration.  Today's title springs from a quote by Mark Twain I read recently, "Forgiveness is the...

A Tax That’s Mean, Ornery, Daft, and the Wrong Way Round

What would you do if you received a bill from your local hospital after successful heart surgery, taxing you annually for your improved health? That’s...

How Our Bureaucracy Works

According to my dictionary, a bureaucracy is a government run by bureaucrats. However, bureaucracies develop in most organizations where there are 25 or more...

First Time to Dragon’s Tooth

"We better start heading back; it'll be getting dark before long," I suggest. "Yep," says Rocky, as he gazes westward at the lowering slant...

Bittersweet Memories

by Mary Jo Shannon One Saturday in early November as my granddaughter and I strolled through the Roanoke City market area, admiring the colorful display...

Smartphones and Being Smart

by Stephanie Koehler

Taking Heart

“This climate stuff makes me feel like crap,” a relative told me, tossing aside some ecology mail he wanted nothing to do with. “I'm...

Time and Space, and How to See a Tree

by Fred First Browsing the web one recent morning, a “space exploration” site displays two images side by side on my monitor. On the left...