The day the music died…Mark X. Hatfield

Mark X. Hatfield - The day the music died...

July 19, 2017: The day the music died. July 19th the world lost Mark X. Hatfield, and, yes, on July 19th…the music died. Mark as an organist. A church organist. He brought his gift to thousands around the world. Words cannot describe the majesty of his music. I urge you to listen to some of […]

Geek Squared – How an IT Geek became a History Geek

On June 13, 2o17 I was honored to be the headliner for Sparks Talk’s Fifth Anniversary. The transcript of this timed-talk follows.  It’s 1780, August. You are a young Shawnee teen. Early in the afternoon you climb up the ridge east of the village and look down across the valley. The summer sun beats down […]

Divine Coincidence – The Window

Divine Coincidence

Divine Coincidence, the term an old friend of mine (thanks Melva) uses to describe those moments in life when the unexpected happens in an otherwise routine day. These might be moments of “small world-ness” (like flying to Paris, taking a train, bus, and taxi to an old castle, walking into the grand hall of the […]

We’ve Come A Long Way, But…

Earth Day 2017

  We’ve come a long way, but, we have a long way to go! April 2017 marks the 47th anniversary of the launch of Earth Day and it’s sister organization Earth Month. In 2008, I launched Rivers of Thought. While it has morphed over the years, it’s original focus was on environmental issues. Recently, I […]

Love is Thicker than Blood

Love is Thicker than Blood, Blood is Thicker than Water

There is an old proverb that states, “Blood is thicker than water.” In modern day, it has come to mean that family bonds (blood) are stronger than friendships (water).  “Love is thicker than blood” was my attempt to state love relationships are even stronger than blood relationships. As is my practice when quoting something, I […]