It Ain’t Heavy – It’s Just a Cross A typical commercial plane can carry about 1.3 times its own weight in passengers and luggage. But aerodynamically speaking, a dragonfly is superior; it can easily flight-lift seven times its own weight. When the burdens of life weigh us down, we may at times feel that we [...]
Stick-to-it-iveness in a Teflon World Every culture has its own particular gestures for specific meanings-some of which may seem strange to us. But one of the few body language gestures that anthropologists recognize as being common to all nationalities and tribes on earth is the tossing upward of the hands as an expression of frustration. [...]
Say, Can You See?” Did you hear about the nearsighted porcupine who was hospitalized when he mistook a cactus for his sweetheart? Except as joke material, myopic porcupines are a rarity. But among humans, myopia is not uncommon – especially spiritual myopia. A surprising number of things we observe every day are distorted in our [...]
Why Racetracks Run Counterclockwise Clocks move clockwise because they were modeled after the shadow movement of the gnomon on sundials. (You knew that, didn’t you?) But did you ever wonder why horse races, dog races, auto races, and human track races all run counterclockwise, as well as skating rinks and carousels? Dance pupils told to [...]
Singing in the Dark John H. Hampsch, C.M.F. Imitative pet birds, like bullfinches, have been taught to sing delightful piano melodies—not just typical bird chirping—by being repeatedly forced to hear, and thus learn to imitate, such beautiful music. But the learning process is enormously enhanced when the pianist plays for the birds in total darkness, [...]
With All Your Heart – Art of the Big-Hearted The heart of a blue whale, caught in 1947, was hoisted onto a giant scale. It registered an amazing 1,540 pounds! The heart of this world’s largest animal seems awesome to us, but the really big-hearted are the human love champions that love their enemies. Jesus [...]
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That astute wordsmith, Samuel Johnson, wisely advised, “Keep your friendships in good repair.” There’s hardly any conceivable life situation in which a close friend is not an asset. In the anguish of bereavement or in the exulting joy of celebration, the presence of a loyal and loving friend is a treasure, while the absence of [...]