Birds Aren’t Real!

Your neighbor is probably a perfectly normal, reasonable adult. But suppose you and your neighbor are having an over-the-fence chat about this and that. You comment about how many sparrows you’ve had at your bird feeders lately, and his eyes bug out, he starts huffing and puffing, and next thing you know, conversation ceases asContinue reading “Birds Aren’t Real!”


The reality show our species produces and acts in is appalling and discouraging. We could be doing so much better for ourselves and our planet, but we keep on mining those veins of stupidity and self-destructiveness that never seem to run out. Ödön von Horváth said, “Nichts gibt so sehr das Gefühl der Unendlichkeit alsContinue reading “Stupidity”

A favorite story from my teaching days

The first time I saw the “Earthrise” photo taken by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders on Christmas Eve, 1968, I was astonished by the image of our lovely living planet suspended in the depths of space above the bleak lunar surface. I eventually bought a black and white reproduction which I tacked up on theContinue reading “A favorite story from my teaching days”

My Body, My Rights/Choice

I’ve seen these words or some variation on many signs carried by all sorts of people. What does it mean to say “My body, my choice” or “My body, my rights” without contradicting oneself or being hypocritical? Let’s say an anti-vaxxer claims a “right” to abstain from vaccinations, becomes infected with a virulent strain ofContinue reading “My Body, My Rights/Choice”

Faith vs Covid

If you think your faith (religious, political, ideological, etc.) protects you from Covid, and that therefore you don’t need to pay attention to science or get vaccinated or wear a mask, answer me this. If you had to chose between (a) standing unprotected in front of a firing machine gun or (b) not standing unprotectedContinue reading “Faith vs Covid”


“I’ve often heard people say: ‘I wonder what it would feel like to be on board a spaceship,’ and the answer is very simple. What does it feel like? That’s all we have ever experienced. We are all astronauts on a little spaceship called Earth.“ (R. Buckminster Fuller) R. Buckminster Fuller was an authentic visionaryContinue reading “Spaceships”