Readings of the Day Etiquette is something that used to be a big deal. It’s still around today, but when I was growing up it was more important. On an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, there as a short from 1950 about having a date with your family, which set out a strict etiquette […]

Readings of the Day One of things I don’t miss from my student days is taking tests. Yes, they’re a necessary evil, your professors do need to know who well you’re assimilating the material. So every few weeks, or every few days, or if you’re really unlucky, every day there’s a test or quiz of […]

Readings of the Day “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth to have a thankless child.” Have you heard this before? No, it wasn’t said to me by my parents, and if your parents haven’t said it to you, then you must be doing something right. However, this quote is from King Lear, Act 1, Scene […]

Readings of the Day They had a conflict that lasted a millennium. It wasn’t constant war, nobody can sustain conflict without pause for very long, but their difference brought them to war off and on for a thousand years with no settlement in sight. France and Germany fought over a place called Alsace-Lorraine, mostly, and […]

Readings of the Day Over the course of the summer, the news has upset me a lot. I haven’t seen this scale of hatred and intolerance since my childhood in the 1960s. Confronting evil is something we are all called to do, but how we do it is a difficult choice. I was reminded of […]

Luke Skywalker was looking for a role model. His uncle was a farmer with a limited vision, who didn’t understand why he’d want to seek his fortune among the stars. When the hologram of Princess Leia implored Obi-wan Kenobi for help, Luke turned to him and the old Jedi responded. Capt. Han Solo saw Luke […]

Readings of the Day I have a one guilty pleasure: watching poker on television. It’s only watching poker since I’ve rarely played in person. Losing money is against my religion. But I’m interested in the strategy of the game, the different possibilities of card combinations, and the psychology of one player trying to outplay the […]