In my senior year of high school I was offered a scholarship to the University of Minnesota, but my parents refused to complete the paperwork.  I remember their indignation, storming around our home, shouting that they would not provide their “private” financial inform...

Twenty years ago I got PADI* certified  to SCUBA** at the Do Dive In, which was a nice mom-and-pop dive shop in Peoria, Illinois.  I was fifty and I  knew that if I wanted the experience of diving underwater, it was now or never.  I had already trained for parachute ju...

The descriptor "retarded" for people whom fate has endowed with less than average intelligence is outdated and offensive, but it used to merely mean less advanced in mental, physical, or social development than is usual for one's age.  Now the word is considered offens...

The wrongs in the world will not right themselves.  We have to know the truth about evil in the world in order to defeat evil.  For too long evil has hidden under shrouds of lies.  Let the truth be known.  The truth is a terrific weapon.

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I am as excited as a child at her birthday party:  the Insight Mars Lander touches down today!

Finally NASA* is releasing decent astrophotography images gratis to the public, as it should have been doing all along.  In the twentieth century, for most of my adult life, N...

The onset of this winter reminds me of years ago when I was blown off an icy winter road on the way home from work.  I was traveling between Bloomington, Illinois where I lived and Assumption, Illinois where I worked as a technical writer of mechanical and electrical p...

Caption:  Celadon And Midnight Blue Sky Are Two Of My Favorite Colors

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2018

The following is a foolproof technique to surmount personal disgrace or ridicule.  I learned it long ago when I took some obscure religious training, and adapted it a little.  The ancient religion did not suit me, but this technique was invaluable.  It only requires on...

A woodlot is a private area where a farmer grows trees for building material, fuel, or to harbor large wildlife until they are hunted, it may or may not have a fishing pond associated with it.   On a dirt road running through a woodlot somewhere in the American Midwest...