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A snow globe, Christmas cookies and love

    

I don’t remember when or where we purchased it: a small plastic snow globe with a red base, a plastic dome, and a snowman and a tablespoon of artificial snow inside. When you push a button, a fan blows and the snow spins around as Christmas music plays. I bought this globe a long time […]

We can’t know the history of our climate

    

In November, French President Emmanuel Macron told the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, that France would cover the cost of U.S. donations to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that President Donald Trump has vowed to cancel. Macron demonstrated that he does not understand the true nature of the IPCC when […]

Why would anyone want to shop on Thanksgiving Day?

    

Let’s face it – buying Christmas gifts is work. Many years ago, some stores started opening at 6 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving. That is now called Black Friday. There were only two good reasons to get up that early on a holiday to go shopping. One was if you wanted an item that […]

Steps can be taken to minimize destruction of homes by fire

    

California has long been plagued by wildfires.  This year the wildfires were particularly deadly with over 40 people killed in last month’s wildfire in Northern California.  Dry and windy conditions made the fires difficult to fight and contain.  Even though more than 10,000 firefighters from California and surrounding states worked around the clock, one early […]

Boys Will Be Boys and the Hypocrisy of Washington, D.C.

    

It is always interesting to see how current events play out from the viewpoint of the New Yorker.  In their lead article for November 20th. the title is “Autumn of the Patriarchy.” It begins with saying that writers for the New York Times and the New Yorker have made plain in their recent reporting on […]

Christmas is really about a relationship

    

Dear Titus the Honorable and Cohen the Goodhearted, Christmas is coming! This is an exciting time of the year for the Moores as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Very soon, the family will ask what I want for Christmas. I will tell them I don’t need anything, and then they will go […]

Guess what happened on November 16 in years past?

    

I landed on this planet (I was born) 64 years ago on November 16, 1953. That also happens to be Oklahoma Statehood Day because we became a state in 1907. I’ll be honest. I don’t remember anything that happened in 1953 (hey, I was a baby). But thanks to the Internet, I have found some […]

Our schoolchildren should study ‘The 5000 Year Leap’

    

The news media is now making much of their perception that millennials  are embracing socialism in great numbers.  Some suggest that about 40 percent are rejecting capitalism and looking for socialism to solve their economic woes. But here is the thing: if millenials are indeed rejecting capitalism, it may be that they are rejecting something […]

Bringing Back the Draft?

    

Clyde Haberman writing for the New York Times stirred up a number of people with his article, “John Kelly Suggests more Americans should have the honor of serving. He’s right.” The gist of his article comes down to the observation that those who haven’t served in the military, meaning nearly all Americans, cannot really understand […]