When my granddaughter was about 5, I use to entertain her with fairy tales. At each retelling, she and I would think up some new variations on the classics. After a while, the Three Bears morphed into a story about modern bears living in the North Georgia mountains.
When people learn that I'm a columnist, the first question is always, "What do you write about?" My answer: All the things a polite person is NOT supposed to talk about: religion, politics and sex.
What is it about evolution?
"Why Have Children?"
The first visit to a new doctor means filling out pages and pages of forms: Name, age, address, and so forth. Then financial matters, privacy issues and, finally, a long personal history. At my age, I can't even begin to remember all my various operations or hospital visits.
I woke this morning, rolled over in bed, and glanced at the illuminated numbers on my clock. After 6, still black outside, but time to get up. I stumbled toward the door, flipped the light switch in the hall, and turned up the thermostat to take the chill out the house.
I wonder if anybody really understands what's going on with America's health care system.
March 11 was the one-year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.
"Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil ..."
In the movie The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher's daughter is worried about her mother's mental state. Mrs. Thatcher is no longer Prime Minister of the U.K. She has lost her husband to death, her son to distance, and her position as head of the government to the opposition. The daughter insists Mrs. Thatcher see the family physician.
Abortion is about as old as history itself. The Greeks did it. The Romans did it. Even the Catholic Church accepted abortion at one time. St. Thomas Aquinas did not believe the soul entered the body until quickening, the point when movement could be felt.
One of the Republican candidates - I don't remember who - said in answer to a comment for the audience, "No one in this country need go without medical care."
This is the year I turn 80. I've written hundreds of columns for this paper, but this could "push the envelope" and may upset many people.
Christmas is over. All the celebrations and good feelings will end New Year's Day with bowl games and a few New Year's resolutions. Then it's back to the same-old same-old. Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, there's a very good chance you contributed to either a food drive or one of the many programs that provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.
When the movie "What the Bleep Do We Know" came out in 2004, I drove to Atlanta to see it. Its theme, the connection between spiritually, quantum physics and human consciousness, fascinates me.
"How do you spell relief?" Clue: It's not Alka Seltzer. It's the elections. They're over! Even the losers are breathing easier.
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