The month of February is an extremely painful month for me if only because of two incidents. On February 1, 2003, on the same day the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry, I was in a near-fatal car accident. I was making a left turn on a foggy night with low visibility when I was […]Read more "Painful Anniversaries"
The Shapeshifter’s Lair by Peter Tremayne My rating: 3 of 5 stars This one I am giving three stars. On the one hand, I have to give it to Peter Tremayne for such stamina: 31 books in the series including two anthologies of short stories. I have high praise for Tremayne’s research on a period […]Read more "Review of “The Shapeshifter’s Lair”"
I have always enjoyed building puzzles and model airplanes as a hobby. To date, I have built close to twenty puzzles of all sizes and topics. I have a picture of the Grand Canyon in my old bedroom at my parents’ house. I bought that as a souvenir from visiting there in Dec 2013. It’s […]Read more "Puzzles as Metaphors of Life"
Looking back over the last decade and a half, I don’t think I have ever gone through a single year without a new challenge. Whether it was taking Illinois State Bar Exam in 2005 only for my admission to be delayed a full year because of paperwork and a botched test, or going to China […]Read more "Obstacle? Or Stepping Stone?"
What is there to like about socialism? I am all for reasonable government programs and spending, like maintain roads and railroads and contracting for waste management. I am all for social programs for those who fell through the cracks. But when you are pushing for too much government oversight that it infringes on moral authority […]Read more "Socialism’s Appeal?"
Seven Days That Divide the World: The Beginning According to Genesis and Science by John C. Lennox My rating: 5 of 5 stars Anything from John Lennox is worth reading and possibly re-reading. Professor Lennox merges his academic rigor as a leading mathematician and scientist and his love of Jesus Christ. In this book, Lennox […]Read more "Seven Days That Divide the World – Book Review"
This past Friday night, I made a baked tilapia with garlic potatoes and green beans. Almost without fail, whenever I tell people that I am making a tilapia dish, everyone gives me a look that says: “This fish is so bland and there are better fish available.” At least that is true in the US; […]Read more "Baked Tilapia with Garlic Potatoes and Green Beans"
Traditional German food is my comfort food. Having been to Germany twice and absorbed some of the culture and cuisine, I started to eat more German food in the US. Now for the first time in a few years, I made my own. Instead of pork or veal, I used chicken breasts to make Schnitzel. […]Read more "German Chicken Schnitzel"
Sometimes, animals act like humans. Take this mountain lion. He looks bored and has perched his head on his paws to stare back at all people staring at him. #throwbackThursday #boredRead more "Bored Mountain Lion"