Friday, September 19, 2014

When Does Childhood End?



"No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader."
--Robert Frost

Below is a short excerpt from Nerd Nite Ann Arbor, an advertised event that was presented last night at the Ann Arbor District Library. The reason this is included in my blog should become self-evident as soon as you read the excerpt, which is the next paragraph.

Dr. Tim Chambers -- who works on science education, both locally as a teacher, and with organizations like NASA -- fills us in on exoplanet research. Astronomers have found thousands of planets beyond our solar system -- what might we learn about and from their discoveries? And what’s still unknown?

Dr. Tim Chambers, is, of course, my eldest grandson.

You can read more about Tim and Nerd Nite Ann Arbor at:


The Death of Adulthood in American Culture is recent article in the magazine section of The New York Times that presents the concept: Adulthood as we have known it has become conceptually untenable.

All MEN who are observant enough and who can think for themselves will immediately see the trueness in the article's message.

All WOMEN who are observant enough and who can think for themselves will see it as ridiculous and hate the article's message.

. . . in my opinion.


Tonight I will be heading out to the scrub land to watch over Eva and her domain. This will be a long stay away from home; I will remain in residence at the large house for three full weeks while the owners are enjoying a well-earned vacation, touring as much of Europe as possible.

I will try to keep the blog filled with interesting news during this interlude.


Did You Know . . .?

A recent study shows that people who sit for prolonged periods can help prevent serious health problems by taking a five-minute walk once an hour.



On this day in 1995 The Washington Post published a 35,000-word manifesto written by the Unabomber, who since the late 1970s had eluded authorities while carrying out a series of bombings across the United States that killed 3 people and injured another 23. After reading the manifesto, David Kaczynski realized the writing style was similar to that of his brother, Theodore Kaczynski, and notified the F.B.I. On April 3, 1996, Ted Kaczynski was arrested at his isolated cabin near Lincoln, Montana, where investigators found evidence linking him to the Unabomber crimes. Kaczynski pled guilty and received four life sentences without the possibility of parole. He is serving his sentence at the supermax federal prison in Florence, Colorado.



1. Using a  saw-like instrument to remove circular sections of bone.
2. (Surgery)  removing a circular section of bone from the skull.

Trepanning, or making a burr hole, is a surgical intervention in which a hole is drilled or scraped into the human skull, exposing the dura mater to treat health problems related to intracranial diseases.



(born September 19, 1928)
Adam West is an American actor. After six decades in television, he is perhaps best known for the title role in the 1960s ABC series Batman and its theatrical feature film.

(born September 19, 1950)
Joan Lunden is an American journalist, author and television host. She was the co-host of ABC's Good Morning America (GMA) from 1980-97, and has authored eight books.

(born 19 September 1933)
David McCallum is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his roles as Illya Kuryakin, a Russian-born secret agent, in the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-68), as interdimensional operative Steel in Sapphire & Steel, and for his current role as NCIS Medical Examiner, Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the series NCIS.

(born September 19, 1949)
Twiggy, is an English model. In the mid-1960s she became a prominent British teenage model of swinging sixties London. Twiggy was initially known for her thin build (thus her nickname) and her androgynous look.


"If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads."
--François Mauriac



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