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Are We Alone?- A 50,000 Year Old Question

Are we alone within our colossal cosmos? That question along with “why are we here?” and “what happens when we die?” comprise the big three conundrums that we have been pondering for at least 50,000 years. The prehistoric dawning of… Continue Reading →

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren-Sacrifice

In a previous post, Grandparenting-Taking Advantage of the Upside, the traditional role of the grandparent was discussed. The pleasure derived from being a grandparent without most of the heavy burdens associated with parenting. But, at an increasing rate, grandparents are now… Continue Reading →

Baby Boomer Legacy – A Two-Sided Coin

The Baby Boomer legacy.  I am a Baby Boomer—as is anyone else born in the US between the years 1946 and 1964. The end of the Great Depression and World War II resulted in a dramatic rise in birth rates… Continue Reading →

The Cold Wisdom of Mortality

The birth of human consciousness was the spark that forever cast us as separate beings from all other living things.  Our self-awareness was the foundation from which sprung qualities that are uniquely human…both good and bad.  With that dawning awareness… Continue Reading →

Time-A Confounding Mystery

Time is the only component of the natural world that competes with the the Vastness of our Cosmos in the ability to inspire awe and befuddlement.  We struggle to grasp it.  Its relentless march surprises and confounds us.  Its trickery exposes our innate hubris. … Continue Reading →

Sixth Mass Extinction-What is Being Lost?

Over the past 500 million years our planet has borne witness to five mass extinctions of life.  We are now bearing witness to a sixth.  Unlike previous mass extinctions—which all occurred before the rise of our species—the sixth mass extinction… Continue Reading →

Grandparenting-Taking Advantage of the Upside

The art of grandparenting has little in common with parenting.  In most cases grandparents are afforded the opportunity to love and spoil a grandchild without having to participate in any of the less enjoyable aspects of child-rearing.  After all, at… Continue Reading →

Fresh Water – A Dwindling Resource?

In a previous post, Serenity of Water, the emotional relationship between humans and water was discussed.  That post focused on our deep attachment to bodies of water and the benefits we derive from that attachment.  But what about our total, unalterable,… Continue Reading →

Digital Communication/Social Media-The Costs

We humans are amazingly adaptive creatures.  Throughout our evolution we have managed to adapt to tumultuous shifts in our societal, religious and political landscapes.  Technology has been no exception.  Technological advances began to gather steam during the Industrial Revolution.  Since… Continue Reading →

Our First Car-Our First Taste of Freedom

We forget a lot of the comings and goings from our past.  Many of the people, places and happenings from our youth become fuzzy around the edges as we move into adulthood.  But, there are exceptions.  Pieces of our youth… Continue Reading →

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