Lost socks in a group therapy session.

Mysteries of a Lesser Kind

Many great mysteries in the world continue to capture the attention of scientists, philosophers, and other learned people. For example, technicians at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland, are upgrading the Large Hadron Collider to produce even greater sub-atomic particle collisions. Not content with the mere discovery of the Higgs boson, nuclear…

Large earth moving equipment at work.

Two Types of People ?

Every time I see earth moving equipment, I am reminded of Bertrand Russell’s definition of work. In his essay, “In Praise of Idleness,” he writes Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The…

Silver Toyota Camry Hybrid framed by barns in the background

Should You Buy a Hybrid Car?

For me, the decision to buy a hybrid car or not depends on two key issues. First, will the savings generated through better gas mileage offset the higher price of the hybrid car? And second, is the hybrid car better for the environment than a non-hybrid car? When I last needed a new car, I…

Portrait of Phoebe

Phoebe’s Story / La historia de Phoebe

Update: Phoebe passed away on May 19, 2013. She was a sweet, affectionate, and beautiful cat. She will be missed. * * * Phoebe’s Story Phoebe left home in May 2003. She was five years old. I don’t know why she left. She had a good life with lots of care and attention. I looked…