NOW: at the present time or moment


In the past 24 hours I have read two separate articles questioning the place of the past and the future in our lives.   It seems that some sociologists and theologians have begun to recognize that the current generation (I think we’re still dealing with millenials unless it’s changed in the past couple of days) is […]

INDELIBLE: unable to be erased or forgotten


It is unimaginable that there is a generation  alive now in The United States which was not alive when  the attack on the Twin Towers took place.  That is not a unique experience.  Time moves along without hesitating at tragedies or celebrations. But it does signal that we have come to a point in history […]

ATHENAEUM [ath-uh-NEE-uhm]: an institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning


Many Greek and Latin words find their way into the American English lexicon.   Among them is the wonderful word athenaeum, also spelled atheneum.  In its Greek origin it means a temple in Athens, dedicated to the goddess Athena, and a place where scholars and poets gathered. ( In today’s world there isn’t a lot of […]

FINAL STRETCH: the last straight portion of the racetrack from the last curve to the finish line

As an old racetrack junkie, having grown up just a stone’s throw from Saratoga Springs, the strategies of the race have always intrigued me.   Some people may have the idea that a horse race is just a bunch of thoroughbreds who bolt from the gate and run as fast as they can around the track […]

HARMONIC: compatible elements

Boy, this was a tough one.  If you were to take the time to look up the word harmonic in the dictionary (it doesn’t matter which one) you’d probably be overwhelmed by the scientific explanation of this phenomenon.   It has to do with the falling into place of elements of physics which are compatible.   But […]

COLUMBUS DAY: a confusing holiday

The other day I was in Newport and spotted a statue in a little park downtown.*  I had never seen it before, so I walked up closer, only to discover that it was a statue of Christopher Columbus.  Beneath the bronze statue was a plaque which identified Columbus as “The Founder of America.”     Hmmm. […]