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 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 31, 2020

Space force

The Space Force – branch No. 6 in the arsenal that protects us from foreign encroachment. It was created in June of 2019 as part of the 2020 defense bill following NATO’S recognition of space as ...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 24, 2020

The nature of life

If a tree falls in the forest and no creature is there to hear it, did it make a sound? Sound is an interpretation of shock waves by the ear, so, in my opinion, no. Stephen Hawking says that the...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 17, 2020

Pandemic

The Spanish flu pandemic lasted in four successive waves from February 1918 until April 1920. Should we expect the current episode to be shorter? We have made many advances in dealing with infectious...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 10, 2020

Tinnitus

Buzzing, clicking, whooshing or chirping in your ears sound familiar? You are suffering from tinnitus. One in seven people worldwide experience some form of it and it can be constant or intermittent....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    July 3, 2020

G.O.A.T.

Bill Strecker’s quote was: “People do not want to hear your opinion, they want to hear their opinion coming out of your mouth.” GOAT stands for Greatest of All Time. Mohammed Ali was the greates...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 26, 2020

Toilet paper

March 13, 2020: the beginning of the Great Toilet Tissue Panic. According to Arist Mastorides, president of Cottonelle and Scott, toilet paper sales grew by 734% in dollars, from the same day the year...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 19, 2020

Radio Flyer

When I was young, facial tissue was Kleenex; refrigerators, Frigidaire; cameras, Kodak; and coaster wagons, Radio Flyer. Another great American brand diluted by Chinese manufacture, Radio Flyer now pr...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 12, 2020

Auto artifacts

I skipped over the article in this month’s Hot Rod Magazine on how to build a 501 cubic inch Ford torque monster and settled on an article called “Automotive Artifacts” by David Freiburger. I...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    June 5, 2020

Aging

Staying physically healthy as we age is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves and to our loved ones. Experts agree, if you haven’t led an active lifestyle, it’s never too late to start....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 29, 2020

Motorcycles

“Live to ride, ride to live.” These words emblazoned on some vanity plates express the feelings of a true motorcyclist. Unfortunately, the danger in riding is real: motorcycles are hard to see...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 22, 2020

Eggs

While milk is advertised to be “nature’s most nearly perfect food,” humans are the only animals that drink it after they are grown and dietitians claim it isn’t as great a source of calcium as...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 15, 2020

Virtual spying

“Oklahoma City University virtual graduation hacked with racist, bigoted, and anti-semitic terms.” Known for diversity and inclusion, the university was quick to disconnect but the damage to a...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 8, 2020

Information, knowledge, wisdom: related, but not all the same

An article in The American Legion Magazine states that human knowledge doubled every 100 years before the 20th Century; now, it is doubling every 13 months. According to Dan Coats, as director of...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    May 1, 2020

Smart cities

An article in Fortune Magazine is titled “The City That Sees All.” Shenzen, North China, is such a place. Based on a booming economy thanks to several tech giants, innovation has gone rampant....

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 24, 2020

CDK

Jerry Rice refers to his brother’s Chronic Kidney Disease in a commercial and the text of a CVS Pharmacy ad says, “Most adults who have CKD don’t even know it?” According to an article in...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 17, 2020

Trees

“I think that I shall never see a thing so lovely as a tree.” –Joyce Kilmer. Trees are lovely, and Alva has a lot of them. Thanks to the work of the Tree Board, we’ve received a Tree City Awar...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 10, 2020

Too dangerous to test

When you look at some of the “rat rods” at The Big Cruise and Car show, you wonder “was that too dangerous to even test?” An article in Popular Mechanics recalls the explosion of a small nucle...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    April 3, 2020

Organic vs non-organic

Now that the fuel prices have dropped, I’m treating my vehicles to premium. Will it increase mileage, performance or engine life? In some vehicles, yes, according to research by Road and Track...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 27, 2020

Paper

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things.” Julie Andrews sang...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 20, 2020

Sustainability

When we think of sustainability, we should think about organizations as well as the environment. Our society is constantly evolving and since we share this Earth for the foreseeable future, we must...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Sports    March 13, 2020

Clothes

"The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them" (Genesis 3:21 NIV). With that move, clothes became more than a covering; they became a fashion statement. Mark Twain said,...

 
 By Arden Chaffee    Local    March 6, 2020

A circular economy

Robert Kunzig in National Geographic says, “A circular economy aims to end trash by not producing it at all.” A noble thought, but how do you convince 7.7 billion Earth dwellers to comply? Of the...

 

Cell phones

Warren Buffett bought a smart phone. In spite of Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett’s parent company, owning 129,357,106 shares of Apple, he continued to use a flip phone, even becoming adept at texting...

 

Time

James Wallman in Time magazine says, “Time is our most valuable resource” and even a “leisurely” walk is speeding up lest we run out of time. In business, time is money and if you don’t...

 

The world we leave them

I knew the world I left behind as a teenager; the world of baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, the American flag, waiting for the mail, catalog orders and summer vacation. I understand that much of that...

 

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