Bad Grades and My Obvious Lack of Parenting Skills.

Recently I was asked what a good punishment was for a child who brought home a bad report card. I do believe that this person wanted a quick answer, such as taking away a privilege or putting them on restrictions of some sort. Unfortunately, they asked me. I do not believe that punishment for a bad grade is always necessary…

Bodie

The other day someone mentioned to me that they wanted to see Bodie. Bodie is a well-preserved Ghost town in California. Bodie is located 12 miles east-southeast of Bridgeport and is a National Historic landmark.   As part of our Off-Roading trips, I have been to Bodie several times. Although we come through the back way with the four-wheeled drive, Bodie…

Irony? Stupidity?

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80, 000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later, in full view, a killer whale ate them both. A psychology student in New York rented…

Friday the 13th

Paraskevidekatriaphobia. The fear of Friday the 13. Friday the 13 as an unlucky day is a relatively new superstition. According to most folklorists, there is no real written evidence for Friday the 13 being unlucky. The earliest known reference in English is in Henry Sutherland Edwards’ 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini: “Rossini was surrounded to the last by admiring and affectionate friends; Why…