The Self-Defeating Nature

Consider the natural processes a little synoptically and see what you observe. Among others, the interesting cyclical pattern of doing and undoing, then redoing and undoing, and so on. If nature were a person, such behavior of his/her would be termed self-defeating. In many of its phenomena, nature—bye and large—is self-defeating. Perhaps the most prominent…

My Wireless Experience

by James R. Campbell On August 12, 2016, I spent two hours with a man named Mike Bates of Monahans,texas, thirty-five miles from Odessa. The visit was enjoyable. It was time well spent. One of the gifts that Mike brought me that day was a wireless internet radio. It is made by Metrosonix Company. It is…

Our Present Darkness

by James R. Campbell What follows is perhaps one of the most difficult pieces I have written for Word Matters. For obvious reasons, it is troubling, it isn’t the sort of cheerful story I like to write. I have written about various topics because they need to be written about, but even this isn’t the type…

Green Tea and Little Green Tea

Green tea is ages-old tradition in Peshawar and the Pakhtoon (aka Pathan) region spanning the northwest in Pakistan to entire Afghanistan. It’s an all-day delight but a must after dinner. In Peshawar you mostly get green tea in small rounded cups of ceramic without a handle. The ones in the pic I just had after…

Stephen Gill: My Site Was Hacked

by Stephen Gill It was the first and most agonizing experience when my site (stephengillcriticism.info) was compromised or hacked weeks ago.  It was more agonizing when the five assistants of my web host could not resolve the issue, even taking from thirty to sixty minutes each. They referred the problem twice to their special technicians.…

Reflections of Dallas

by James R. Campbell When we think of Dallas, Texas, many of us remember the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, or the scenery for the TV show of the same name. Those who have never been to Dallas have a limited view of the city, a view shaped by national tragedy…

Field Trip Sixty-Six

 by James R. Campbell Each of our fifty states have many natural attractions which draw tourists who bring revenue to the states in which the vacation spots are located. Texas has the Big Bend State Park, located in the Davis Mountains in Far West Texas. I have been there, and I can promise a real treat for…