Sunday, November 6, 2011

Science, Blind Faith, Etc.



After watching today's edition of this week and Meet The Press on Sunday morning TV news I find that some of my thoughts and ideas have changed, at least temporarily. One of those ideas is the effect on the public of those 'Sunday Comics,' the collection of recent nighttime sneers from the various comedians who deliver the tongue-in-cheek script lines supplied by the political joke writers.

Just because something makes you laugh does not mean that it is true. Question everything... nothing is sacred.

For all who are interested in poetry, there is a book you can buy in print form or download FREE (.pdf format e-book). Below is its description.

How does one bring poetry to a community? And who is going to make it happen? In response to these questions posed by the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, Katharine Coles and a cadre of poets and artists provide this essential guide and inspiration. Blueprints creates for poets and arts organizers the sense that they are part of a larger, noble endeavor based in shared values and commitment to poetry. The first three sections include essays by a dozen poets and artists about ways they have brought poetry into different kinds of communities. These essays demonstrate what has been done and what can be done and will inspire others to bring poetry into their own communities. The final section provides a practical "toolkit" loaded with experience-based advice and the tools and strategies necessary to accomplish those endeavors.

Katharine Coles is a professor of English at the University of Utah, former director of the Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, and Utah poet laureate. She is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and has published poems in a wide variety of literary journals and anthologies.

Read about it or download it here.


A pulsar is a type of neutron star that emits electromagnetic energy at periodic intervals. A neutron star is the closest thing to a black hole that astronomers can observe directly, crushing half a million times more mass than Earth into a sphere no larger than a city. This matter is so compressed that even a teaspoonful weighs as much as Mount Everest.

Ha! Sounds a bit far-fetched to me. (Question everything.) But, if a scientist says it's so, then I s'pose it's so.

It's the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics that is saying so.


Wood you remember me is an excellent thought piece for everyone who is able to think, whether you are an atheist, an agnostic, a person of faith, or even if you just don't care. You may or may not agree with Mr. Pribble but you will more than likely be glad that you read his article

... or not.

If you did, you may also like to read another piece of his, the one he wrote just before the one above.

It is titled: Who Stole The Soul?

I very much like what Martin S. Pribble writes, and I admire how he writes... clearly and directly.


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