The Perfect Writer – Adapting to Imperfections

One might think of creative writing as a gradual process of mastering an art. It’s essentially movement from scratch to perfection. But if you try to make a leap to perfection, chances are you might get a stumble. Many writers think for hours and hours about a smashing start for a piece, a story or…

Four Steps to Prepare Your Garden for Spring Planting

by Ann Harrison Spring has sprung, and it’s time to prepare your garden for spring planting. If you have already begun the process, all the better, but if not, here are the basic steps to get your started. Pick Your Seeds It’s time to choose your seeds. No matter whether you’re planting flowers or vegetables,…

Pakistan Claims Facebook Ready to Work on Censoring ‘Blasphemous’ Material

Pakistani news sources have been running headlines in bulletins lately that Facebook admin has agreed to work with Pakistan’s government on removing “blasphemous” content from Facebook. Given the long history of lying, exaggerating, distorting, and fabricating information in both Pakistani media and government, this claim remains unverified in effect for now. The media stories in…

How to Shorten Baseball Games

by Bob Branco Do you remember when Major League baseball games averaged just over two hours long? They seemed to be over very fast, yet we enjoyed them and looked forward to the next one. As the years passed, these games got longer and longer. I suppose there were lots of reasons why, and I…

Judge Lets Miami Beach Puppy-Killer Walk Free

Courts are venues and judges arbiters of justice but over the years we have been seeing cases where judges act not to deliver but deny justice to victims, be those victims humans or voiceless creatures. The recent judgment of a 6-year-long trial of an animal cruelty-leading-to-death case in Miami Beach is an example of failed…

International Women’s Day or Day Without a Woman?

What happened yesterday under the banner of Day Without a Woman seems to have turned the spirit of activism into a comedic street show as women decided to go on a strike in dozens of countries. March 08, 2017 was International Women’s Day. So we expected women to celebrate their achievements in personal, social, economic,…

Controlling Your Children in Church

by Bob Branco Recently, my girl friend and I attended the Ash Wednesday service at a local Catholic Church. We looked forward to it, and were very proud to fulfill our obligation. I can’t speak for everybody. However I will assume that when most of us attend Church services, we want to pay close attention…

Australian Politician’s Comment on Empowering Parents Draws Media Mob’s Ire

Propaganda hounds and vaccine-mafia affiliates have been stalking Australian politician Pauline Hanson on her comment regarding childhood vaccination. Hanson, leader of the right-wing One Nation, is being demonized overtly and between the lines I mainstream propaganda groups because she spoke in favor of parental rights to decide whether or not to vaccinate their children. The…

Appreciating Art – Audience, Time, and Culture

Do great works of art find timeless appreciation? This is so interesting a question. Saying that great works of art find appreciation in all times and places is like making a huge claim which is hard to verify until you have thousands of years of life to see what works really endure the test of…