Archive for 2007

Are You Running On Automatic?

By Knight Pierce Hirst What a difference a day makes – unless you’re going through life on automatic. Scientists are no help. They say we shouldn’t sleep late even if we have the chance. Supposedly not getting up at the same time every day has a negative effect on our biorhythms. Obviously, those scientists don’t [...]

Why Bad Things Happen to Good People

A man was sitting at the bus stop one day, next to an older woman who looked like she had been sitting there all week. She had a suitcase perched up against her leg, her purse open beside her like an overstuffed brown pillow bursting at the seam with a bundle of white tissues that [...]

Welcome to Mars

Welcome to Mars, my friend. We may be saying that sooner than you think. The European Space Agency just announced its intention to start looking for people willing to go to Mars, at least on a hypothetical trip, since they won’t ever be blasting off from their “spaceship” in Russia. Instead they will spend 520 [...]

A Bag of Noodles

It has been some time since I have traveled abroad. But I haven’t lost the hunger or the desire to continue meeting people that are nothing like me. That’s how I found myself accepting a package of instant noodles in front of forty-five applauding Koreans for showing up to their golf tournament. I pulled up [...]

The Business of Doing Good

By Nathan Tabor A recent headline points out why it wouldn’t be a bad idea to post the Ten Commandments in our schools. “Theft Rising at U.S. Wal-Mart Stores” noted a recent Associated Press business story. The article pointed out that the retailing giant is being hit by a tidalwave of shoplifting. Employers and customers [...]

Earlier Than Usual

At five in the morning, it seems like no one is alive. The roads are cool and misty and lonely. The houses that line the fields or sit beneath a scattering of trees seem frozen in time, an in between time where the birds chirp and squirrels chitter and the sun hovers on the eastern [...]

I Can See, But I Can’t Reach

If you are a fan of baseball, you have seen the sad decline of the New York Yankees this year. If you know nothing about baseball, then know this: the Yankees are one of the most stories franchises in all of sports, they have won twenty-six championships, and every year they are built to win [...]

A Wash in Beer

By Cheryl Stroup Ah, beer. Who hasn’t heard of this bubbly brew or watched the Superbowl specifically to be entertained by the brewery industry’s commercials. While appealing to a broad spectrum of people, beer is a versatile beverage with a broad range of uses. It makes a tasty marinade, a moist and light bread and, [...]

A Noble Thing

I have never been in battle myself, and yet sometimes, when I am feeling lucky and brave and strong, and probably foolishly, I wish I had. I wish I could have proven myself, saved lives, beaten back a foe who needed beating back, been called a hero when I got home. It’s strange to say [...]

Owning A Bar On A Tropical Island – Is It Really A Dream

By James Spellman In a good year, in excess of four million people visit Phuket in Thailand. A lot of those visitors will love it. Some will love it so much that they want to live here. Every year thousands of people come to Phuket hoping to set up a new life on a tropical [...]