Taller Jews

      I read somewhere, don’t know where, that during the time of Jesus, the average Jew was only five feet tall. I don’t know if this is true or not but it makes me wonder if with taller Jews we are seeing the work of evolution .  In the last thirty years, here in the United States, football player have gotten much bigger. This could be that people are better fed today and it could be that teams have looked for and found bigger people to play the game. I’m not into the science and haven’t read much, so I’m wondering if there is any noticeable change in the human in those last two thousand years.

      Whether it is recorded or not, humans, like all other plants and animals, have to be evolving, becoming slightly different as time passes.  For religious people: given evolution as God’s means of creation, are humans as we are today His final result. And for scientist: is the human today the pinnacle of intelligent life.

Building the Master Race

Colonizing Mars or even a planet in another solar system is interesting as to how we will get there and set up the planet. Also interesting is the question as to who will go. What will be the criteria for those who will get on board? I’m saying “we” but there isn’t much chance I’d qualify because of my age. What I’m asking is will this enterprise become an effort to build the Master Race.

Religion without a God

A thousand years from now there will be very few people who believe in a god. Religion, however, may be a good thing. It unites people in a common and hopefully good cause. And then it puts the fear or the promise in people to do no wrong. Governments can make laws, but the police can’t be everywhere. God can. So the question might be how do you have religion without a god.

our investment in children

The best investment our country can make is on our children. But does this means spending more money on early development? I think a better plan is to give back their independence and allow them to develop by themselves. Today boys don’t get up their own ball games. Adults do it for them. As a result they lost the ability to organize and manage. I don’t know if the same is in the classroom. But with teachers getting the blamed for poor performance, the message is that the teacher is responsible for the student learn  and not the student himself. Does he wait for the teacher to do it for him just as the little league coach will tell him where stand and how to play the game of baseball?

The Wedding of Ollie Bear

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Earth a million years from now is Pallion. After centuries of genetic improvements humans are perfected. But even here accidents can happen. Tok, born in the birthing laboratory, turns out to be a primate: that would be what we are now. A crew of four bring him to our planet where he can live with his own kind. Of course, they can’t just drop him off and and be on their way back.  He is just nine years old and needs somebody to take care of him.

        From the start the crew bungles the mission. They had figured we were still in the eighteen hundreds with horse and buggy and clothes hanging out to dry. Their intellegence officer scrambles to update them but often too late. The UFO has been detected and the National Guard has helecopters searching for where it landed.

        Help or not, Karen and her younger sister Roxanne who have traveled up north to attend their cousin’s wedding come upon these extratrestial aliens and their space craft. They are only minutes ahead of the search parties. Karen will not have the indignaty, the unwanted notoriety,  her face on tabloids, of being caught with them.

        From here this is Karen’s story which ends up not at the Wedding of Ollie Bear but that night at the reception.   ASIN: B00IRJ4H8M

fat people

If people weren’t supposed to get fat, why do they? The answer is they eat too much.  But we know all that could be eliminated with a few trips to the bathroom. The body, after all, eliminates waste. So why does the human body convert some of what’s consumed into fat? Storage would be the answer. Fat is meant to keep people alive during a time of scarcity. They are nourished by their own bodies. With this we learn why thin bodies are admired. Those with thin bodies have not the worry of scarcity. They are successful

Lost Dog

MaryAnn and Scott were watching Craig’s little league game when Jep got the leash wound around Scott’s legs. It was the second time. They laughed as he stepped out and she unwound it. Back watching the game; a tug on the leash and there Jep was with his nose up smelling a girls rear end. That was enough. She walked him back to the car. In a hurry -Craig got a hit and was on second base –  she doesn’t see that Sarah left back window wide open. A short time later, Jep leans too far out that window and flops out. He shakes himself and wanders into the neighborhood.  An old basset chained to the front steps calls out to him. How’d he get off the leash? Jep says he is lost and ask where is the playground. The Basset says it could be this way or it could be that way. Jep asked a couple more dogs who were fenced in so they can’t tell him. Then he comes to an alley and a skinny old stray by the name of Skuzz confronts him:

“This is my alley,”


“It’s my alley. You hard of hearing?”

“No, I can hear.”



“So? Okay, okay. Let me put it this way. See that pole there.”

“That one?”

“Yeah. Go take a sniff.” To mark their territory, dogs urinate to leave their scent on poles, trees or whatever is handy.

“What do you mean?”

“You don’t know? That’s my mark. This is my alley. Where did you come from?”

“I’m lost.”


“You know where the little league game is?”

The old dog wasn’t use to anybody asking him anything and a blank look came to his face.


          Skuzz  is flattered with being asked to help the pup. He can take Jep to the playground. But the old dogs idea of where boys play baseball is rooted in the past.

Skuzz leads him to the still to be used acres of a cemetery Jep can see the old dog doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Earlier he had heard the ping of the aluminum bat, and thought for a moment to follow that sound. But Jep has always been leashed, nudged and tugged for the way to tell him the way. Much like those boys on the playing field who are told who, where and how to play the game, Jep knew only to follow. Realizing he took Jep to the wrong place, the old dog asks why Jep doesn’t just go home. Jep says he had to ride here in a car. He lives in Highland Park. Skuzz knows where that is. He’ll show Jep the way. If he stayed in the neighborhood, the family would come looking for him.

          Instead, he finds himself in downtown St. Paul, a place the old dog said he knew, and maybe would have found the way through were it not for Jane. Along with her several other people become a part of Jep’s story. www.amazon.com/dp/B00IT69P9Y

The embedded commercial

Television commercials are annoying, so you’d think they’d incorporate them within their show. We wouldn’t even know we were being told this is the best, the most economical, the most prestigious car when the star of the show takes it for a drive and admires all its qualities.  Alcohol ads would be probably the easiest to fit in. On almost every show, somebody is having a drink. We would just have to see the brand and how much the character is enjoying it. The same would go for fast food, pizza, hamburgers subs and the like. The plot would have to be written to get around to an eating scene. Then the actors would show how much they are enjoying the brand name pizza, hamburger or whatever. Or, simply the actors could say how hungry he is and wish for that particular item and describe how luscious it is.  Sitcoms are usually in the home and here there are plenty of opportunities to embed a commercial. The housewife or maybe it’s the maid needs to vacuum, and here she can marvel and how well it picks up the dirt. Maybe she does the wash and it could be the detergent she uses or the machine she’s using.  Then there are romantic scenes which would provide an opportunity for the erectile dysfunction products. After seeing handsome, well built men taking the pill, no guy is going to feel embarrassed that he needs them too. The product could be useful in the story. He would say or show he has the product, she would smile and we would understand their future activity.

New cars

We had to junk our 94 Honda Accord. It was that or about six or seven thousand dollars in repairs. And then we’d be waiting for the next thing to fail. So I think of buying a newer car. I look. I see newer car have no bumpers. I wonder why all car makers acted the same at the same time with eliminating the bumper. It isn’t as though cars don’t need bumpers. It’s a front and back protection. Most trucks still have them. Police highway patrols have them added to their vehicles.

          Still all car makers at the same time construct their cars without something that could save people thousands of dollars in front and rear damage. With these fragile front and rear ends, insurance companies have to raise their rates. So the new car buyer gets a cheaper constructed automobile and has a higher insurance rate.

          The consumer can not show his disapproval since all car makers are doing the same thing at the same time. If one company put bumpers on its cars, the consumer would have a choice. They’d buy the bumper car. That would force the others to have the added expense of putting bumpers on their cars.

          Bumpers are probably not the only way car makers are cutting cost and their absence shows this because new cars look cheap compared to older models. They look slapped together; the car industry no longer competes. They sell on the best television ad rather than the actual best made car.