The need for speed

Maverick: "I feel the need..." Goose: "...the need for speed!" — Top Gun, 1986 Trailways Bus Lines and its competitor, the Grey Dog (Greyhound), were once the undisputed kings of long-distance travel. "Leave the driving to us," the TV ads crooned, as gleaming buses piloted by singing drivers ... Continue reading

Time is tops

According to the Chicago Tribune, a survey by the Oxford Concise Dictionary has discovered that "time" is the most commonly used noun in the English language. To my great surprise, neither "money," "power," nor "sex" showed up in the top 25."Man" made the list. So did "woman" and "child." "Life" ... Continue reading

In retrospect

And God said, "Let bright lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. They will be signs to mark off the seasons, the days, and the years." —Genesis 1:14, NLT Time is motion; history is distance. Day after day, the sun and the stars crawl across the heavens with the passage of ... Continue reading

The navigator

Admiral Sir Clowdisley Shovell was lost, but given the unbroken fog his fleet had been wandering through and the abysmal state of 18th-century navigation, he was fortunate to be off-course by only a few dozen nautical miles. He didn't know that, of course. Neither did he know that his fortune, or ... Continue reading