Category Archives: Original Writing

The Logic of Logic

Is there anything in this world that’s completely logical? How about mathematics?  This is one area in which every problem has a precise, finite solution. Or so many people thought.  The seminal work Principia Mathematica by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell  sought to describe a set of axioms and rules which, in principal at

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Short Story — A Fateful Evening

This is a short story I wrote last year that is also available on the Internet at http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue571/index.html   A Fateful Evening Hello. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Fate. Perhaps you have heard of me? Maybe by another name. Some people call me Luck, others Good Fortune. Occasionally it’s Irony. But it’s all

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An Essay on Failure

This is an essay I wrote several years ago, and now is as good a time as any to drag it out.   Have you ever heard of me? No? Actually, that shouldn’t surprise anyone. I’m not very famous and few people do know who I am. So far in my life I just haven’t

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An Introduction to Book Collecting

Book collecting long predates the printing press.  Egyptian papyri and ancient Greek and Roman manuscripts were prized by medieval collectors.  Thomas Jefferson amassed a large library in the formative years of this country. If you find yourself being drawn to collecting books for the first time, here are some basic facts that can serve as

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Do You Like Apples?

This afternoon I was out spraying apple trees.  Between me and my neighbor, we have five apple trees of different varieties.  Mine are just maturing; hers are prolific. This looks like a good year for apples.  The complication is about the time my trees matured and started bearing fruit in quantity,  I realized I really

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Some Thoughts on Raising Children

“Teach your children well,” Crosby, Stills and Nash It’s not easy raising children today. Although I don’t have kids myself, I learned all about modern child-rearing by observing my best friend and her offspring. Like when I dropped by and was met at the door by her then-four-year-old daughter.  “Me Butt-head,” she proudly proclaimed, a

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