Category Exhibit A

A Big Ol’ Raspberry

I ate a raspberry yesterday. Big deal, you might respond. Anybody can do that. And it’s true. For a price, anybody can buy and eat raspberries. But not the one I had. First of all, I’m not a big fan of raspberries au natural. In jam or cheesecake, yes. After all, cheesecake makes everything taste better. But this raspberry was satisfying in a way that transcended taste. The bush that

Continue reading…

The Tales of Trash

“Jerome Bernard Parent, I’m gonna shoot you!” my mother yelled from the laundry room. I hesitated and then left my room to face her wrath. Things usually went better if I faced her instead of trying to hide. “What’s the matter, Momma?” I asked. “How many times do I have to tell you to empty out your pockets before putting your clothes in the laundry?” “I’m sorry,” I said as

Continue reading…

Metric in Minutes

As I walked out to my car, juggling coffee, lunch and books, I sensed something was wrong before I saw it. Flat tire. I briefly considered just trying to air it up and even turned on my air compressor. But I knew better. For some reason that only the universe understands, the passenger side rear tire on my vehicle is prone to accidents, injury, and even death. I blame my

Continue reading…

Laughing to Save Science

I had just secured Michael’s KangaRockaRoo in the back seat of my Nissan when I felt a tap on my shoulder. “Excuse me, young man.” I turned and saw a woman who was clearly in her late 60’s or early 70’s. She wore a heavy coat, hat, mittens, and a scarf. All well-suited to the below freezing temperatures of a Woodland Park winter’s day. “You need to get a snowsuit

Continue reading…

Shocking Discoveries Brought to Light

I don’t know which woke me first, the bright light or the loud boom. What I do know is that the combination scared me out of sleep and out of bed. The hair on my nine-year-old arms was standing straight up as I ran into the living room where my father was holding his newspaper but no longer reading. “Did you see that?” he inquired. “What was it?” I asked.

Continue reading…

Deals, the Donald, and the DPRK

Donald Trump is an abysmal failure when it comes to international politics. If you disagree with that statement, I offer China and Saudi Arabia as evidence. It was obvious to many when he was on the campaign trail that the Donald was a fraud when it came to his grandiose proclamations about his negotiating skills. Yes, Trump has been successful in terms of international business dealings. But that success doesn’t

Continue reading…