Life is meaningless?

"The answer to the Great Question... of Life, the Universe and Everything..." said Deep Thought. "Is... forty-two." – The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams.I was watching a YouTube video on mental health, appreciating some very good, very practical advice, when the hostess ... Continue reading

I don’t just believe; I know

“But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and he will stand upon the earth at last. “And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God! I will see him for myself. Yes, I will see him with my own eyes. I am overwhelmed at the thought!” — Job 19:25-27 (NIV)I know. I am convinced. I ... Continue reading

Grief interrupted

As they led Jesus off, they made Simon, a man from Cyrene who happened to be coming in from the countryside, carry the cross behind Jesus. A huge crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. At one point Jesus turned to the women and said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, don't cry ... Continue reading

Dreams

Kent Couch wanted to take a trip, see some sights, get out of town. So he did what most of us would do: he tied 160 helium balloons to his lawn chair and flew 230 miles to Idaho.He landed in a surprised farmer's field by shooting out balloons with a BB gun, after 10 hours aloft. "Originally, I ... Continue reading

Looking for life

A new five-year analysis of the nation's death rates ... found that the suicide rate among 45-to-54-year-olds increased nearly 20 percent from 1999 to 2004, the latest year studied, far outpacing changes in nearly every other age group. — Midlife Suicide Rises, Puzzling Researchers, Patricia Cohen, ... Continue reading

It’s all in your head

It turns out that it's all in my head. The ringing in my ears, that is.For several years now, I've been hearing a persistent tone, 3,950 Hz to be precise, the highest B on a piano keyboard. Tinnitus is usually caused by damage to the ears from loud noises or music. Maybe I listened to Pink Floyd ... Continue reading

First impressions

When Jane Austen's father submitted her first novel to a publisher, she had named it "First Impressions." The publisher rejected it, but she continued to write — thankfully — and some seventeen years later found a publisher for the book we now know as Pride and Prejudice.The excellent BBC ... Continue reading

Time for change?

Can a presidential candidate get through a speech without promising Change? ... Change to what or from what or instead of what - all that goes unspecified. ... We the People are simply expected to react favorably to any mention of Change. Call it the political version of a Pavlovian response. The ... Continue reading