Aspirin or coughing?

If you have the least suspicion that you're having a heart attack, the most important life-saving measure is to call 911 - get help immediately. While you're waiting, is it better to cough or take aspirin? Contrary to a popular and misleading "urgent" message that's been circulating in cyberspace since 2003, that recommends coughing as... Continue Reading →


Uncountable? . . . guns vs cars

Guns vs people. The question of how many has been in the air recently. PolitiFact recently noted that it is not true, as some have claimed, that there are more guns than people in the U.S., as has been claimed. Oh, goody. Turns out there are an estimated 327,236,921 people in the United States -... Continue Reading →

Becoming Informed . . .

When talking about guns it's very easy to shoot from the hip. Emotions on both sides tend to rise quickly and dominate, making reasoned communication impossible. Sadly, impassioned rhetoric soon plays itself out and grows ineffective, especially in the face of well-organized and well-funded opposition. I think it's extremely important to be informed before engaging in any kind of dialogue so... Continue Reading →

“Neither Black nor White …”?

"Cosmopolitanism" means, quite literally, that we are all citizens of the cosmos. Equality, in itself, is a very relative, even slippery, concept. It often means whatever the speaker wants it to mean. It may be more reasonable to speak of how relationships among all people would play out in a world as God intends it.... Continue Reading →

Mini-Epic Poetry

In addition to teaching and research, Nicole Coonradt also writes poetry of extraordinary depth and concise expressivity. Here are two recent "Mini-Epics," in which classic stories (with a twist, of course) are told with brevity and pointed wit. CHILDREN OF AN IDLE BRAIN I am sad Hephaesta, marked in the womb to limp the world... Continue Reading →

Creativity in “the Fishbowl”

A friend of mine, Nicole Coonradt, is a professor of English literature at Hillsdale College, a small liberal arts college in Michigan. But where she really finds fulfillment is in helping inmates at Cotton Correctional Facility, a nearby state prison, to discover tools of self-expression to transform their lives. It's the work of people like... Continue Reading →

A Country Still Tragically Divided

Fifty years ago this coming April 4, Martin Luther King, Jr., was murdered at age 38. Today he would have been 89 years old, and his legacy remains more relevant than ever. "The country is still divided by many of the same issues that consumed him," writes John Blake in an excellent essay, Three ways MLK... Continue Reading →

Pegasus over a cliff

Earlier today, a Pegasus Airlines plane skidded off the runway after landing at Treabzon, Turkey, producing some striking pictures. Fortunately, everyone exited safely. I've flown Pegasus several times in Turkey and found the experience quite good. They have a reputation for efficiency and good humor, including a delightful flight-safety announcement. Here's the report in Turkey's Hürriyet Daily News:... Continue Reading →

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