“Time for Bed, Child! Go to Sleep!”

When I learned that CBS’ 60 Minutes news program was doing a story on sleep, I was interested. Sleeping is one thing I’ve always been really good at. But if anyone has pointers to help my technique…


Mercy Received Should Also Be Mercy Given

  Some things never change. Most things, in fact. “In times like these,” said one wise man, “it helps to remember that there have always been times like these.” Yes, and people, too.

  While no one is absolutely one or…


Freedom Must Be Cherished–or Lost

Freedom. It is not a gift any government benevolently bestows upon its citizens; freedom is the gift of God to everyone created in his image. It is a serious blessing to live in a land founded by those who…


Riding the Rails

I like trains. I always have.

I’m not sure what it is that particularly fascinates me about them; maybe it’s the whole package. I like the sounds of their whistles. I like the sounds of their various linkages and mechanisms…


“Courage Is Almost a Contradiction in Terms”

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms,” writes G. K. Chesterton. “It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.”

Yes, and we wonder, don’t we? We always wonder how much courage we…


A Cat, Some Kittens, and Some Surprising Joy

True confession #1: I don’t feel the least bit guilty about my next true confession.

True confession #2: I have never been much of a cat person. I’ll pick a slobbering dog over a condescending cat every time.



Real Joy Never Runs Out, Never Runs Down


What pops into your head when you hear that word?

Well, just to prove that I listened some in a science class forty-plus years ago, here ya go: “The tendency of a body in motion to remain in…


“In Times Like These, It Helps to Recall…”

“In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.”


I’m not sure where I first heard that statement, but I’ve always thought that its truth packs a punch. I did a…


“Talking Dog for Sale: Five Dollars”

I’ve long ago forgotten where I found the tale I’m about to relate, but I like it. Personally, I very much doubt that it’s factual; it does, however, hold a lesson or two that are true indeed.

As the…