Minimize Your Therbligs

Minimize your therbligs until it becomes automatic; this doubles your effective lifetime--and thereby gives time to enjoy butterflies and kittens and rainbows. Robert A. Heinlein – The Notebooks of Lazarus Long This Heinlein quote has become a personal mission of mine. I first read Time Enough for Love (the book from which nearly all of

Harry Potter Lives

The Deathly Hallows, the last book in the Harry Potter series, was released this day, seven years ago (is that all?), in 2007. It broke sales records, selling 15 million copies in the first 24 hours of its release, which makes it the fastest-selling novel ever published. My daughter, Kate, bought one of those 15

2014-07-21T07:25:53-06:00Monday, July 21, 2014|Categories: Historical Stuff, Ruminating|Tags: , , |

Age as a state of mind.

To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods. Robert A. Heinlein – The Notebook of Lazarus Long   We’ve all heard the expression “set in their ways” – which is the other side of the coin to Heinlein’s observation. There’s growing scientific evidence that “age” is a state of mind

2014-07-06T10:13:42-06:00Sunday, July 6, 2014|Categories: Just Slightly Off Topic, Ruminating|Tags: , , |

The Immoveable Object and The Irresistible Force

Io, one of the moons of Jupiter If it can’t be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion. Robert A. Heinlein – The Notebook of Lazarus Long  _________ I’ve had my nose rubbed in science a lot lately, probably because it’s been on my mind. I know you’ve had patterns

Damned Fools with Big Mouths

Don’t try to educate people who aren’t listening.  The world is full of fools who believe they know everything, and besides, you could be wrong.  Listen more than you talk, and you might hear something interesting.  And you’ll be able to figure out if you’re listening to a fool, or not, if you’re listening, not

2014-05-05T07:01:56-06:00Monday, May 5, 2014|Categories: Ruminating|Tags: , , , , |

The Use of Lubricant

Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as “empty,” “meaningless,” or “dishonest,” and scorn to use them. No matter how “pure” their motives, they thereby throw sand into

2014-04-19T11:52:22-06:00Saturday, April 19, 2014|Categories: Ruminating|Tags: , , |

Is it an Uzi or a Timberwolf?

...and do you really care? That’s a question I’ve been mulling over the last week or so.  I read an article in a fiction-writing how-to book a while ago, and they emphasized the need for specificity when writing descriptions. The example they used was The trees were green. They suggested that a better way to

2014-04-14T07:01:15-06:00Monday, April 14, 2014|Categories: Romantic Suspense, Ruminating|Tags: , , , , , |

Care Not What the Neighbors Think

What are the facts? Again and again and again-what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what “the stars foretell,” avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable “verdict of history”--what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts

2014-04-05T11:00:21-06:00Saturday, April 5, 2014|Categories: Ruminating|Tags: , , , , |

Lionlike Heroes

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that I’m just a little bit in awe of science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein – for a variety of reasons, including the fact that he’s one of a microscopic collection of authors who can make me cry. Heinlein had

2014-03-22T07:59:15-06:00Saturday, March 22, 2014|Categories: Ruminating|Tags: , |