Archive for the 'Life, The Universe & Everything' Category

I’M CELERATING A BICENTENIAL TONIGHT…

April 15th, 2014

Photos by Mary Jo Hanlon… 200 years ago today, in North Wales, my great, great grandfather Thomas Evans was born. Iechyd da! I have no idea if any of my Welsh ancestors or living relations ever served in the South Wales Borders or the Welsh Guards but since I first saw Zulu in California back […]

FREE WILL AND HOMICIDE…

April 11th, 2014

Chris Mooney writes: If you’ve read your Friedrich Nietzsche, you know that the consummate anti-philosopher had a pretty cynical take on this question. Nietzsche didn’t simply call free will itself “the foulest of all theological fictions.” In his work Twilight of the Idols he went further, psychoanalyzing the ubiquitous belief in free will and concluding […]

I FAVOR THE CONSTITUTION OVER THE FLAG…

March 20th, 2014

I’m always suspicious of those whose noses get all out of joint because the America flag is ill-treated in a political protest protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, but don’t break a sweat when our Constitution itself is treated like a nose rag. This 2010 protest in Phoenix was in reaction […]

WHERE MY HEAD IS THIS MORNING…

March 18th, 2014

As I’m reading Tom Peter’s Excellence. No Excuses.

THE LIPS REALLY CAN’T LIE…

March 9th, 2014

From my dad, of course…

USS BAINBRIDGE DLGN 25 APPEARS ON NCIS…

March 5th, 2014

As Gibbs and Bishop make a left turn down the corridor towards the conference room at timemark 18:58 in Dressed To Kill (episode 16, season 11, aired last evening, 4 March 2014) a painting of my old ship–albeit in her earlier incarnation as DLGN 25–appears on the wall behind them. If you mouse over the […]

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WEST VIRGINIAN IF…

March 3rd, 2014

Every West Virginian knows and understands, the difference between a “redneck,” a “good ol’ boy,” and “po’ white trash.” My Hess line moved to Palantine, Virginia (now Fairmont, West Virginia) in 1723. My father and his parents moved to Marietta, Ohio during World War II. My dad is fond of joking that he raised the […]

FUNNY USE OF THE WORD GOOD

March 3rd, 2014

Yes, I know, friends don’t let friends drink Starbucks. But I’m stuck. There are only two places with wifi open at 6 a.m. on my way to work: McDonald’s and Starbucks, and this is the lesser of two evils. Oh how I miss my Phoenix.

THEY NEVER LOOK IN THE BATHTUB…

March 2nd, 2014

From my dad, of course…

AS I CLOSE ON 60…

March 2nd, 2014

The Armed Forces thinks I’m too old to track down terrorists. You can’t be older than 42 to join the military. They’ve got the whole thing ass-backwards. Instead of sending 18-year olds off to fight, they ought to take us old guys. You shouldn’t be able to join a military unit until you’re at least […]

JUST WHEN YOU THINK NOTHING IS THERE…

February 25th, 2014

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WEST VIRGINIAN IF…

February 24th, 2014

Only West Virginians grow up knowing the difference between a “right near” and a “right far piece.” They also know that “just down the road” can be one mile or 20. My Hess line moved to Palantine, Virginia (now Fairmont, West Virginia) in 1723. My father and his parents moved to Marietta, Ohio during World […]

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WEST VIRGINIAN IF…

February 9th, 2014

Only a West Virginian knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor’s trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’! My Hess line moved to […]

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WEST VIRGINIAN IF…

February 3rd, 2014

All West Virginians know exactly when by and by is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well. My Hess line moved to Palantine, Virginia (now Fairmont, West Virginia) in 1723. My father and his parents moved to Marietta, Ohio during World War II. My dad is fond of joking that […]

IF YOU’RE TRAVELING TODAY…

January 28th, 2014

My dad wanted to make sure I was safe, so he forwarded the message below to me this morning: The state highway department has issued a travel warning due to snow storms and bad road conditions. They suggest that anyone traveling in the current icy conditions should ensure that they have the following: – Shovel […]

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WEST VIRGINIAN IF…

January 23rd, 2014

Even West Virginian babies know that Gimme some sugar is not a request for the white, granular, sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table. My Hess line moved to Palantine, Virginia (now Fairmont, West Virginia) in 1723. My father and his parents moved to Marietta, Ohio during […]

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WEST VIRGINIAN IF…

January 18th, 2014

Only a West Virginian knows exactly how long directly is — as in: Going to town, be back directly. My Hess line moved to Palantine, Virginia (now Fairmont, West Virginia) in 1723. My father and his parents moved to Marietta, Ohio during World War II. My dad is fond of joking that he raised the […]

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WEST VIRGINIAN IF…

January 7th, 2014

You can show or point out the general direction of yonder. My Hess line moved to Palantine, Virginia (now Fairmont, West Virginia) in 1723. My father and his parents moved to Marietta, Ohio during World War II. My dad is fond of joking that he raised the average intelligence in both states when he moved.

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A WEST VIRGINIAN IF…

January 4th, 2014

You know how many fish, greens, peas, beans, &c., make up a mess. My Hess line moved to Palantine, Virginia (now Fairmont, West Virginia) in 1723. My father and his parents moved to Marietta, Ohio during World War II. My dad is fond of joking that he raised the average intelligence in both states when […]

INSTEAD OF RUNNING FROM THE OTHERS…

January 3rd, 2014

From The Best of 2013…

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