Month: December 2016

Calculating with Numbers

Colorful Integers

The pleasure of calculation first came to me in the second grade. Sister Madonna had just taught the class multiplication with the number 2. That night before dinner and then after dinner, I was thick in a calculation frenzy. Starting with 1 times 2, then 2 times the result, then 2 times the result, and…

Sun in the Winter Sky

The other morning walking up the street to Mad City Coffee, the sun barely crept over the top of the bare trees behind the houses. It was nearing noon and nearing the Winter solstice. I wondered how high (or low) did the sun go up from the horizon in my area, DC area. I knew…

Motivation for Writing Message Stories

Boy flying by standing on bees

Samuel Taylor Coleridge mentioned the “willing suspension of disbelief” that readers bring to a well-told fantastic tale, inducing them to believe the unbelievable.  Now, it is a commonplace that the reader can be counted on to enter a fictional story ready to accept an initial situation if everything afterwards is sensibly connected to the initial…

Another Ball in the Air

Some politician’s words remind me of a scheme of an old boss of mine. I asked my boss after a department meeting, “Why did you suggest the company do such an oddball project? You already complain that we can’t even finish the projects we have.” He chuckled, then gazed at me through half-lidded eyes. “Whenever…