Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Sunblock – Florida Style

I’M AT THE AGE WHERE I PAY AN ANNUAL VIST TO MY DERMATOLOGIST to be sure that I’m not accumulating any sun spots that could become hazardous to my health. So far so good! A splash of liquid nitrogen on a brown spot or two and I’m on my way – usually with a recommendation […]


Getting a “Locke” on the 4th of July

It is sweltering hot in Philadelphia in late June 1776. That’s why he rented a second-floor apartment with five windows, giving him cross ventilation. He wanted the breeze to keep him cool; he had a lot of writing to do. There was no air conditioning. He wrote at night, after long hours spent with the […]


The Infield Fly Rule: Machiavellian Intelligence & Beyond!

I like a fresh banana in the morning with my breakfast. So do the Great Apes. Our kids like to be cuddled in mother’s arms. So do Great Ape and other Primate kids. When we take the time to provide our kids with early literacy training, they can learn the word-letter patterns of their “A-B-C’s” […]


Getting Our Kids Ready for the Competition: "Squaring" Reality with Pi

There are a lot of circles not only in our man-made world but also in the natural world, like the eye of the egret or the ball of the sun. When it’s important to compute the area of the circle, there’s the old Euclidean “Pi” formula, “Circle Area = Pi times the radius of the […]


Getting the Kids Ready for the Competition: STEM Education – When the Predator Becomes the Prey

Contagion isn’t on the Oscar list, but it’s a great movie. Bill Moyers discussed the movie in his February, 26, 2012 broadcast, Are Immunization Exemptions Fair to Us All?. The program explores the distrust many parents have for science, resulting in the expanding religious exemptions granted by states to parents who don’t want their children […]


So — Will We be “On the Charts” or “Off the Charts?”

Back in 1983 I took what I thought would be a 6-months leave of absence from my law firm to “save” a troubled bank, Park Bank of Florida. But both the 6-month time period I allotted for the task and the idea of Salvation were but dreams of unreality. The bank failed in 1986 and […]


Disappearing Florida – Sunrise or Sunset?

There’s something special about our island, Tierra Verde, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Living here is like being on a perpetual vacation in one of Gaia’s most beautiful places. Centuries ago, when native Americans settled this part of the globe, and the seas were much lower (about 120 meters lower – see our blog Abrupt Change […]


Disappearing Florida – Squeeze on the Swamp

Deep in the bald cypress forest of the Corkscrew Swamp in South Florida is Lettuce Lake. Its surface is covered with a mat of soft green floating vegetation known as “water lettuce.” The water lettuce provides shelter for crayfish, small fish, small reptiles, and amphibians and provides food for turtles and a vast variety of […]