Teddy Roosevelt, An American Hero

"Fun Facts Saturday" "American History" Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919) is the latest entry into my personal Hall of Fame. He is now one of my dozen heroes.* From “sickly” to “manly” -the "strenuous life" Young Boxer Theodore (“Teddy” “T.R.”) Roosevelt has been called our “manliest president."  He championed the “strenuous life.” As a child, Teddy was … Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt, An American Hero

Handshakes – An Unsanitary Tradition

"Fun Facts" Handshaking is filthy Shaking hands is unsanitary. Handshakes spread germs. We carry 3,200 bacteria from 150 species on our hands. Research has shown that you spread more germs by shaking someone’s hand than you do by kissing the person. Handshaking can spread a host of diseases, like: Roman Coin with Handshake coldsfluCovid-19norovirusdiarrheasalmonellaE. coliscabies,conjunctivitishepatitis … Continue reading Handshakes – An Unsanitary Tradition

Percentages Do Not Prove Racism

Commentary Sadly, racism and slavery have always existed, and tragically, they exist throughout the world today. An estimated 40 million people are enslaved today, primarily as slave laborers and sex slaves. I don’t believe racism/tribalism, which underlie slavery, is inherent in human nature.  I believe it is taught and learned. And if it is learned, … Continue reading Percentages Do Not Prove Racism

How Freed Slaves and Their Posterity Were Denied the Right to Vote and Hold Public Office

“In Honor of Juneteenth” Destroying the Hopes and Dreams of Freed Slaves Forging compromises is an integral part of politics and governance.  The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were the products of countless compromises. Some compromises are distasteful, like the 3/5 compromised in the Constitution. But the worst compromise in U.S. history is the … Continue reading How Freed Slaves and Their Posterity Were Denied the Right to Vote and Hold Public Office

Contributions of Enslaved African Americans

America's Slaves Deserve to be Remembered and Honored In Honor of "Juneteenth" On June 19, 1865, the enslaved African Americans in Texas finally learned of emancipation. "Juneteenth" has become a federal holiday - "Juneteenth National Independence Day." It is also known as "Jubilee Day," "Emancipation Day," "Freedom Day," and "Black Independence Day." (My family attended … Continue reading Contributions of Enslaved African Americans

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #7 (Last Commentary): Beyond Mere Physical Reality – Love, Self-Awareness, Free Will, Conscience, Morality

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" For atheists, everything is physical. Nothing else exists beyond the physical universe. This materialist belief places on atheists the burden of explaining non-physical reality, like, the existence of: love, self-awareness, empathy, compassion, sacrifice, free will, morality, good and evil. How can physical matter create consciousness and self-awareness?  How can the random accidental … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #7 (Last Commentary): Beyond Mere Physical Reality – Love, Self-Awareness, Free Will, Conscience, Morality

My Top 5 Complaints and Suggestions for God

"Commentary" & "Fun Facts" At the risk of being struck by lightning, I have a list of complaints and suggestions for God on how He could improve things. I'm sure He won’t mind. After all, “nobody’s perfect.” Number 1. Dogs Dogs don’t live long enough. This is my number one complaint.  It wounds my heart … Continue reading My Top 5 Complaints and Suggestions for God

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #6: Complex and Amazing Human Body

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" “God created man in his own image.” (Gen. 1:27) The Psalmist pondered: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” ”For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.” “Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #6: Complex and Amazing Human Body

Is Your Fear of Sharks Irrational?

“Fun Facts” Media fearmongering, and movies like Jaws and Sharknado (1-6), have created widespread fear of sharks. The scuba, skin-diving, and travel industries have "proven" that shark phobia is irrational. Only about 10 people are killed worldwide each year by sharks. Sharks don’t even make the list of the most dangerous animals.  More people are … Continue reading Is Your Fear of Sharks Irrational?

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #5: Complex and Awesome Universe

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Gen. 1:1) The Bible declares, “The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament proclaims his handiwork. The day pours out speech and the night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2) The Book of Mormon proclaims, “The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #5: Complex and Awesome Universe