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Milky Way at its best

Subscriber onlyAugust is one of the best months of the year for amateur skywatchers to get out at night and look at the universe. Continue reading...

Saga of the porch swing

Subscriber onlyWhen our son, Rich, was somewhat newly married, his bride, Cynda, spotted the makings of a porch swing at an area auction. I say "makings" because it was apparently in pieces, as she now describes it these 20-some years later, in a heap -- but with all the pieces there. Continue reading...

Just who are the guys in the governor's race?

Subscriber onlyThere is some confusion surfacing in the Arkansas governor's race. Here we sit in mid-July staring headlong into the November election cycle with two distinct Arkansans vying for the state's top executive spot. Continue reading...

Subjects that interest me

Subscriber onlyWriting this column has allowed me to make many new friends and to renew acquaintances with a lot of old friends. Continue reading...

Friendship: The new idolatry

Subscriber onlyMark Rutland, twice a college president, said that friendship was today's American idol. We are familiar with the television show, but Mark is describing something else. What? Continue reading...

Science has many problems to resolve

Subscriber onlyScientists are going to be very much in demand in helping resolve many of the problems of this world and this country. Continue reading...

About the birds and the bees

Subscriber onlyAccording to news I receive from Texas relatives, their state is being overrun with numerous undesirable animals and insects that may soon be expanding their range to Arkansas. On the other hand, some once-prolific species of creatures are now rarely found in Texas. Continue reading...