Myth of Addictus: Slavery of Sin and Addiction

The word “addiction” comes from the Latin “addictus” meaning “slave.”  In ancient Rome, an “addictus” was a “debt slave.”  He or she was a person who was enslaved by a creditor because of a debt. Once the debt was paid, the slave was freed.  (This is the same philosophy underlying “debtor’s prison.”) The Roman Myth … Continue reading Myth of Addictus: Slavery of Sin and Addiction

Happiness is a Choice

Happiness is a choice, not a condition This is generally true. I say “generally” because there are exceptional circumstances where one’s condition can interfere with the ability to choose happiness. These conditions include: severe depression, extreme pain, major illness, heavy addiction, extreme hunger, starvation. But for most people, happiness is a choice. While I was … Continue reading Happiness is a Choice

How Russia Uses Social Media to Divide and Destabilize America (Race, Covid 19)

The USA is more divided and polarized today than at any other time in the last five decades. A plethora of articles discloses how Russia is using social media to polarize and destabilize America. This is an attack on our national unity using misinformation, disinformation, fake news, “information laundering,” and “cyber propaganda.” Typically, the Kremlin … Continue reading How Russia Uses Social Media to Divide and Destabilize America (Race, Covid 19)

My Top 10 Animals (+Quokkas)

I am an animal lover – always have been. As I have grown older, however, my love of animals has become more selective.  I primarily love mammals, especially fat or furry ones, and birds. I no longer adore insects and reptiles. Here are my favorite wild animals. Do you agree with my selections? 1. Koalas … Continue reading My Top 10 Animals (+Quokkas)

Top 10 Blog Posts

Here are the 10 most popular blog posts from the last 2 years. Beware of Media Fear-Mongering (Pre-Covid)Presentism Pandemic: Misjudging the Past — StillRaised from the Dead: Ephraim Hanks and Nancy JohnsonRaised from the Dead: Ephraim Hanks and the Martin Handcart Company Rescue30 Years for Speeding TicketThe First Memorial Day Celebration: Freed Slaves Honor Union … Continue reading Top 10 Blog Posts

Swearing Oaths on the Bible – Tradition and the Law

In 2007, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota was sworn in as the first Muslim member of Congress.  During the oath, instead of using the Bible, he placed his hand on Thomas Jefferson’s 1734 translation of the Koran. This created a firestorm of criticism from conservative Christians.  When Representative Rashida Talib of Michigan took her oath … Continue reading Swearing Oaths on the Bible – Tradition and the Law

Travelers, Explorers, Homebodies and the Family That Lived in the Same English Village for 10,000 Years.

Welsh Village Homebodies Fifty years ago, I lived in Wales. I was surprised to meet elderly folks who had never left the village where they were born. They were content where they lived, and they had no interest in leaving. Some more adventurous people said: "Went to London once. Never again!" "Visited Paris. Didn't like … Continue reading Travelers, Explorers, Homebodies and the Family That Lived in the Same English Village for 10,000 Years.

In Praise of Vaccines

My Traumatic Childhood Experience As a boy I stood in long lines at our elementary school waiting to get our compulsory smallpox and polio shots. My first vaccination was traumatic.  With dozens of classmates watching, on reflex I jerked away from the nurse, and she accidently shot the vaccine into my eye. That caused a … Continue reading In Praise of Vaccines

“We Believe in Governments” – D&C 134:1

Civic Duty is a Divine Commandment D&C 134:1 We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society. David O. McKay: “Let me assure you that someday … Continue reading “We Believe in Governments” – D&C 134:1

A Vietnamese Judge Reminds Us Americans “What We Have”

 In Honor of the Fourth of July I was privileged to be the mentor judge for Nho Nguyen, the first Vietnamese-American judge in the country. He is a living hero. A Living Hero In college, he protested the South Vietnam military dictatorship and led a student democratic movement. He risked his life to establish freedom … Continue reading A Vietnamese Judge Reminds Us Americans “What We Have”