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These days, technology is everywhere. TVs, computers, phones, and other electronic devices are all competing for our kids’ attention. As a result, it can be easy for kids and families to engage in too much screen time which can cut into hours that could be better spent engaging in active play, sleeping, and social interaction.   more
This excerpt from “Frogdancer,” Arma native Frank Jeler Jr.’s memoir, calls to mind sanitary facilities used here in the Little Balkans back in the day as well as a bit of folk architecture.   more
I once knew of a freelance web developer named Frank Jonen. He earned his 15 minutes of fame after he highjacked a customer's website and posted an open letter explaining that this (now former) customer owed him a lot of money. Since the customer refused to pay, Jonen replaced the site's regularly scheduled content with his own.  more
Have you ever been on a roller coaster and felt like your stomach was falling out of your body? That's the closest Gina can get to describing what it was like to see her unborn son, Jeremiah, on a sonogram for the first time. She was 17 and living with her grandmother. more
People who focus upon the motives of alleged killers like Bryan Kohberger, the Ph.D. candidate arrested for slaughtering four college students in Moscow, Idaho, are missing the point. Defective specimens like him don't have motives that any sane person would recognize. more
There’s one aspect to my job that’s taken a back seat since 2020 (for obvious reasons) and that is programming. I admit I prefer selecting books for the collection and getting them into the hands of readers because, well, planning a program is just harder. more
Death is an odd thing. Or, I should say, the knowledge of Death is an odd thing. Death comes to all of us with mathematical certainty. I know that I am going to die. But the time of our demise is a mystery until it is a done thing. more
I think Valentine's Day is a marketing scam. It sets expectations that are hard to beat. I love my wife and still can't believe she went out with me, let alone is still married to me after 26 years, but Valentine's is tough. It comes with expectations. more
I find it interesting the sights and sounds we store in our minds without even realizing it. We may not realize it but we all do. more
“The passion for truth is silenced by answers which have the weight of undisputed authority.” — Paul Tillich  more
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