Columns

Do You Remember The Fourth of Julys of Your Childhood?

July 2, 2020

When I was growing up, the Fourth of July meant many things. There were picnics with homemade ice cream, potato salad, watermelon, and BBQ. Flags were flown on just about every front porch. Concerts with stirring patriotic music were held in the courthouse gazebo. But the most enjoyable part of the Fourth of July involved fireworks.

Nerd Knowledge: What is Synthetic Biology?

June 2, 2020

Synthetic biology focuses on creating technologies for designing and building biological organisms.

What is “Herd Immunity”?

May 27, 2020

You might’ve heard the term “herd immunity” being used as a way to fight COVID-19. What does it really mean, and would it work?

Who’s Essential?

May 4, 2020

Work, or having a job, has become the definition of who a person is–his or her “essence.” It is not so, is it? Aren’t you and I also children, parents, lovers, friends, participants or appreciators of art and music, sightseers, storytellers, and more? Essence does not include a paycheck.

Nerd Knowledge: What is Critical Thinking?

April 29, 2020

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe.

Do You Remember…George Brite?

April 27, 2020

During George Brite’s thirty-four-year tenure at SPS, many of his students went on to become accomplished and widely-acclaimed musicians, conductors, and high school band directors.

Do You Remember S&H Green Stamps?

April 13, 2020

Before Reasor’s Rewards or Warehouse Market’s blue Magic Coins, there was S&H Green Stamps.

No, 5G Does Not Cause COVID-19

April 13, 2020

Perhaps one of the most bizarre conspiracy theories to circulate online is the theory that 5G cell towers are responsible for the current pandemic. This and other 5G conspiracy theories purposedly began January 22, when the Belgian newspaper “Het Lasstse Niews” published an interview with Kris Van Kerckhoven, a general practitioner from Putte, Belgium. Van […]

Do You Remember April Fools’ Day?

April 1, 2020

Is there still a place for April Fools’ Day, in today’s world of 24/7 satire?

Do You Remember … Your Parents’ Curfew?

March 13, 2020

Those of us who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s lived under strict rules of behavior. One of those rules was our curfew.