Can These Seeds Grow?

Can These Seeds Grow?

Eight years ago, I wrote about the near miraculous resurrection of a Judean date palm from seeds that were, at the time, thought to be almost 2,000 years old. The seeds were found in 1963 in a collapsed storeroom in the desert stronghold of Masada, built by Herod “the...
Snakeskins and Metaphors

Snakeskins and Metaphors

Cleaning the garage is never my favorite task, which is why it only happens every few years. But Susan’s better sense prevailed over my recalcitrance last Saturday. So much dust was flying we should have been wearing our coronavirus masks, but eventually things began...
Two Cents. One Cent. Little Sense.

Two Cents. One Cent. Little Sense.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I like the feel of change in my pocket and bills in my wallet. I like to pay with cash. If I can’t pay in exact change, I like to figure how to simplify the transaction. For example, my tab for an ice cream cone at McDonald’s was once...
More Than One Vaccine Needed

More Than One Vaccine Needed

Researchers around the world are racing to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Russia has approved one despite the lack of adequate safety information, and America’s president is pinning reelection hopes on his ability to lean on the FDA to approve a vaccine before...