Woke to a Nightmare

No matter how “woke” you think you are, you are tolerating things right now that will make you cringe in 25 years. – Bill Maher You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – inigo Montoya, “The Princess Bride” While I disagree with some of the specific … Continue reading Woke to a Nightmare

Into the Lion’s Den

So the king ordered Daniel to be brought and cast into the lions’ den. To Daniel he said, “Your God, whom you serve so constantly, must save you.” -Dan 6:17 Just in the past few weeks, we've seen Harvard University defund and suspend the Harvard College Faith and Action fellowship, and we've seen Providence College … Continue reading Into the Lion’s Den

On Negative Target Fixation

When I was a young engineer, I had just started at a new company and, as part of my orientation, we attended a presentation by the company CEO, who was a wonderful motivational speaker. His talk was about “Negative Target Fixation,” in which he related the story of amateur pilots who, sometime have to do … Continue reading On Negative Target Fixation

An Easter Reflection

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.            - Jn 3:16 Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.    … Continue reading An Easter Reflection

Stephen Hawking, RIP

The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.           -Stephen Hawking In one of those interesting examples of Cosmic Timing, Stephen Hawking has died on Pi Day. I have been a Hawking fan for pretty much as long as I can remember. I've always been … Continue reading Stephen Hawking, RIP

Gambling with Our Future

A quick google search turns up the statistic that 70% of lottery winners go broke within just a few years. As the recent Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots got up over $1 Billion a few weeks ago, I confess I bought a couple of tickets and allowed my mind to wander to what I might … Continue reading Gambling with Our Future

The Self-Identification Retirement Plan

“Age is a state of mind.” –Hermann Hesse “Age isn't how old you are but how old you feel.”  - Gabriel Garcia Marquez One of my favorite subjects in high school was geometry. I especially enjoyed doing geometric proofs where, using a set of rules, or theorems, we would start with a set of agreed-upon … Continue reading The Self-Identification Retirement Plan

It’s Not About the Cake

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court, relying on little more than the majority’s “reasoned judgement” that “liberty” as mentioned in the Fourteenth Amendment somehow encompasses the dignity of same-sex couples, created a right to same-sex marriage. As the case was being deliberated, traditional marriage supporters, including me, were concerned that creating such a right … Continue reading It’s Not About the Cake

The Neverending Tantrum

Everyone knew that whoever let the sadness overtake him would sink into the swamp. -The Neverending Story It’s now been a year since President Trump’s election and I, for one, think that’s plenty of time for all the tantrums to have played themselves out. I can understand the disappointment of the losing side in the … Continue reading The Neverending Tantrum

Sign of the Times

"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." -Inigo Montoya, The Princess Bride by William Goldman I live in a relatively small town in Massachusetts and, like most towns, we have our political differences. They usually play out in local issues, but something happened about a year ago … Continue reading Sign of the Times

A Trojan Horse at the Supreme Court

In Gill v. Whitford, democrats are challenging Wisconsin’s congressional district map, claiming that the Republican majority redrew the lines in an unconstitutional way back in 2010. The Constitution permits states to determine legislative districts, thus it is a legislative function. However, since Democrats haven’t won what they consider enough seats in Congress (i.e., all of … Continue reading A Trojan Horse at the Supreme Court

The Anti-Seuss Deuce

"But I think that the most likely reason of all May have been that his heart was two sizes too small." Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas We now have a Dr. Seuss two-fer here in Massachusetts. A couple of weeks ago, a librarian in Cambridge rudely refused, without the authority to do so, … Continue reading The Anti-Seuss Deuce

Stop Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in Massachusetts [Updated]

[If] you do not speak up to warn the wicked about their ways, they shall die in their sins, but I will hold you responsible for their blood.    –Ezekiel 33:8 Massachusetts General Law defines abortion as “the knowing destruction of the life of an unborn child.” Further, it defines an “unborn child” as “the individual … Continue reading Stop Taxpayer Funding of Abortion in Massachusetts [Updated]

President Trump Six Months In

When Pete asked me to write about my thoughts on the first six months of the Trump Presidency, my fist inclination was to echo the thoughts of Kurt Schlichter and say that he's fulfilled my most important goal for a president: that of not being Hillary Clinton. His appointment of Neil Gorsuch, rollback of regulations, … Continue reading President Trump Six Months In

Yes, Prayers Do Get Answered

She said to herself, “If only I can touch his cloak, I shall be cured.” Jesus turned around and saw her, and said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you.” –Matthew 9:21-22 Then the LORD said: Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will pass by. There was a strong and violent … Continue reading Yes, Prayers Do Get Answered