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In 1968 Stanley Kubrick released the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It is a futuristic look at space travel, computers and the existence of alien life on other planets. Ironically as NASA puts rovers on … more
A few weeks ago, I was glued to my television to watch the Mars rover Perseverance land on the red planet's surface. With modern camera technology earthlings were able to watch the descent to the … more
Ben Franklin was one of our most well-known founding fathers. Known throughout the colonies and eventually in Europe he was a scientist, writer, statesman, inventor and politician. Although not a … more
For many of us during the pandemic physical contact with the outside world has been limited to acquiring food. Whether picking up takeout or getting it delivered, food from supermarkets, restaurants … more
Many of our habits and basic conventions have been altered by the pandemic. We no longer go to a movie theater choosing instead to watch films on our television or computer screens. Many of us forego … more
If you get your local news from one of the major networks, you will notice one constant. When it comes to the weather report, regardless of the season, Sullivan County is usually the last place they … more
Many of the things we use in our lives are not being handled in the way intended by the manufacturer. Some of us have used a butter knife for a screwdriver instead of digging in a toolbox. Club soda, … more
Maybe it is time we make a correction of our calendar. The last time somebody altered the months in our calendar occurred around 713 BC when Numa Pompilius added January and February to the other 10 … more
Our lives are full of many items that most of us see every day but take for granted. Two of these items came to mind when I brought a pair of pants to the tailor for alterations. I am talking about … more
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink. That line is from “The Rime of The Ancient Mariner” an exceptionally long poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The speaker is a sailor on a becalmed … more
The world's natural resources are being depleted. Energy producing substances such as oil and gas are being drained. Many scientists say fracking is ruining the environment. Some suggest that we … more
I doubt if anybody will ever feel nostalgic about 2020. For most of us it was a year to forget. I will abstain from political statements in this column but suffice it to say no matter which side of … more
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