Showing posts from July, 2015

A Moment in Political History

July 27, 2015 You will not find politics on this page very often.Heaven knows that there is enough chatter about Republicans and Democrats to fill annals of cyberspace many times over without adding another voice to the babble.Setting party politics aside, there are a few moments in political history that bear a mention. Today is the anniversary of the ratification of the 12th Amendment.So it is appropriate to think for a moment about how our history would have changed without the 12th Amendment.Don’t know what the 12th Amendment is?Shame on you.Prior to the ratification of the 12th amendment on July 27, 1804, each member of the Electoral College cast two votes for president. (Google the EC if you don’t know what it is.) The candidate with the highest number of votes was president; the one with the second highest votes was vice president.Understandably, this created a few issues between the POTUS and the VEEP.The 12th Amendment changed all that.Now each elector must cast one vote for pr…

Mistakes for Sale

July 20, 2015
Today, we’re talking about mistakes.Everyone makes them at one time or another.Mrs. Hooley, who is an institution in Miller, always said, “Mistakes teach you valuable lessons.”Turns out she knew what she was talking about, who knew, right?After making a rather costly mistake, this intrepid blogger (TIB) googled mistakes in an attempt to feel less like an idiot. It is mind-boggling to see how many industrious men and women refused to be stymied by something as inconsequential as a mistake. So rather than expound on what an idiot TIB is, let’s just focus on the more interesting mistakes that turned out to be major money makers.
Some of the strangest are corn flakes (the Kellogg brothers intended to make a healthy food that would decrease sexual urges!!!), Coca Cola (Pemberton attempted to create a remedy for headache—does anyone else find it ironic that once you are addicted to Coca Cola if you don’t drink it you get a headache?), Post-It Notes (Silver hoped to create a str…

Got the Monday Blues?

July 13, 2015

Got the Monday blues?  Well, then you are right there with a million or so others who hate Mondays for no other reason than Monday is the day that follows Sunday.  Experts say that people who suffer from the blues on Monday, or any day that follows your day off, should think about their career path.  They suggest that the root of the blues is your job.  If you loved your job, then you would wake up every Monday energized and ready to go to work.Since Mondays leave you wishing you could pull the covers over your head and stay in bed, then…you’ve got it--you must not love your job.That is probably true in many cases, but not everyone who suffers from the Monday blues hates their job. In this bloggers humble opinion, this feeling comes from the idea perpetuated by the media.Without even really trying I can name a dozen songs that sell the idea that we are living for the weekend.Too many Americans spend the hours between Monday morning and Friday afternoon wishing their lives…

Fire in the Skies

July 4, 2015
Smoke on the water, fire in the skies.This line from the chorus of a song made famous by the 1980s heavy metal band Deep Purple seems appropriate in light of the river of smoke that is whipping into the United States from Canada.It seems that the forests in the Northwestern regions of Canada are burning.So instead of sending the usual blast of cold air into the jet stream that fuel our cold fronts, Canada is sending us smoke.This stream of smoke is in the higher altitudes which makes the sky hazy instead of bright blue as is normal in the summer.Will this smoke reach East Texas?Doubtful.Why mention this at all if we aren’t affected?You know the saying, it’s an ill wind that blows no good?Well, photographers, both amateur and professional, are capturing some amazing pictures of the blood red midday sun and the pumpkin orange midnight moon. If you remember your science lessons from way back, then the change in color from white to red and orange won’t be a mystery to you.

But …