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Monday Mottoes – #240

Another school shooting. Yes, you can make a case for gun control, but again, I don’t know that the same disturbed individuals would not turn to bombs or butcher knives. I have a better idea, and believe me, it’s by no means unique. It’s been touted by Psychology Today, university professors and other social commentators….

Iran: You Don’t Deal With the Devil

If America has been clueless about international terrorism during the past decade, there’s one country that knows the real deal and that’s Israel. Their very lives depend on accurate intelligence and that’s what they have on Iran. One of the major sources of state-sponsored terrorism, Israel and even Saudi Arabia, who was not necessarily our…

Dasvidanya, Russian Diplomats!

And so, President Trump acted on the NSA’s advice to expel from the United States sixty-some Russian diplomats, giving them a few days to get up and get out. Dasvidanya. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Personally, I think this makes for an interesting study. Here is Donald Trump, a businessman,…

Avoiding Hotel Room Germs

Spring is upon us and there’s travel, travel everywhere. Here are more spring break tips. Hand sanitizers are helpful when embarking on a trip, but toss a package of the disinfecting wipes in your bag, as well. And even though this is your family’s time to kick back and relax, enlist all of them in…

Do-It-Yourself MacGyver Mania

Do you remember that 1980s TV series, “MacGyver”? You know, the young guy who worked for the Phoenix Foundation, helping his country and his friends get out of sticky situations? He often employed ingenious inventions created out of practically nothing as he raced against the clock… or a ticking time bomb…. He reminds me a…

Spring Break and Mistakes Not to Make

Spring vacations are already underway and are due to peak in a couple of weeks during mid-March, continuing through early April. Children generally receive time off from school close to the Easter holidays and college students a bit earlier. The college crowd has made Orlando, Florida, the top spring break destination in the US, and…

Only “Insane” People Hear the Voice of God-???

Okay, count me in. I mean, school shootings gunning down innocents, ISIS chopping off people’s heads, social media carrying suicides and rapes… and Joy Behar of ABC’s “The View” takes aim at… drumroll please… someone in public office who admits that he prays? Got. to. be. kidding. Wish it were a joke. I have heard…

Monday Mottoes – #227

Not one to watch football in general or the NFL in particular, no one can escape the post-game Super Bowl news all over the internet, upstaging the bowl, itself: the 30 seconds of a black screen and total silence. NBC had a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Tons of viewers gave us their own takes:…

News Sensory Overload

No wonder so many feel stressed-out and exhausted, the weight of the world on their shoulders. We hear too much news. There are wars and rumors of war. Kidnappings. Cruelty to animals. You name it. But what catches my attention even more: the bizarre stories. Case in point: the Nutella riots in France. For some…

Does Climate/Weather Affect Character Traits?

It would be easy to arrive at a snap judgment regarding climate’s effect on the character traits of those residing in a region. But instead, with all of this snow descending on America’s East Coast from Florida to Maine, I thought it might be worthwhile to make a slow, snowed-in judgment, instead-! Random thoughts on…