re-post of Politico article about the FDA’s “nerdy virologists” panel working on Covid-19 vaccine approval

VACCINE RACE The ‘nerdy virologists’ steering the U.S. vaccine race The political backdrop could make the first coronavirus gathering of the advisory committee one of the most-watched in FDA history. A single-dose Covid-19 vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson. | Cheryl Gerber/Courtesy of Johnson & Johnson via AP By SARAH OWERMOHLE 10/16/2020 04:30 AM EDT As the race for the first coronavirus vaccines rounds the … Continue reading re-post of Politico article about the FDA’s “nerdy virologists” panel working on Covid-19 vaccine approval

A Word About Words From the OED

The Oxford English Dictionary remains THE word bible of the English language.   The OED is available online, with a Word-of-the-Day feature to which one can subscribe without cost.   A full subscription is beyond my budget, and I do respect the OED’s the prohibition against re-posting in its entirety.   Anyone can subscribe to the daily word post  through the OED web site at … Continue reading A Word About Words From the OED

not your granny’s Columbus Day… This article is excellent on the subject of Christopher Columbus and the “discovery of America.” It is well worth the read, and deserves an A+ for research and attribution, factual information based partially on bona fide original sources including Columbus’s own writing. Bartolomé de Las Casas,  Dominican Friar and later Bishop, is the author of The Destruction of the Indies, which details the systematic horror … Continue reading not your granny’s Columbus Day…

Sticks and Stones and “Dotards”

Re the sticks-and-stones contest, following the old adage that “sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”      Remember when some kid would spew off a string of bad words and mean but innocuous insults, and Mom or Grandma would sooth hurt feelings with the little rhyme…which in effect meant “if some kid hits you let me know, but … Continue reading Sticks and Stones and “Dotards”

The Hundredth Monkey (Re-blogged from Ellie’s Blog)

I recently read a study conducted in 1952. Reliability and the actual occurrence of the study even taking place was called into question, that it may just be a myth. Regardless the study enthralled me and mythical or not I enjoyed it. Here’s the gist of it. Scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropping them in the sand for the monkeys to collect. The… Continue reading The Hundredth Monkey (Re-blogged from Ellie’s Blog)

Historiography at work

Historiography is the study of History.    It was one of my favorite mandatory seminars as a grad student at the University of Akron. One of my friends and cohorts here in Blog Land, raised a very interesting point in  a comment on how the Historians of 100 years from now would treat the scenario in rage now of the Great Republican Plan to Obliterate the Obama … Continue reading Historiography at work

a primer of selective History

Please open your books to page twenty-four the teacher instructed, one morning … look at the  ladies’ dressed in their finery, feel free to smile at feathers and bustles, and laugh out loud at the shoes! Now let’s skip ahead to Chapter Seven, where more ladies are seen at their work, the clothing they wear is of buckskin, embellished with feathers and beads (and pride,) … Continue reading a primer of selective History

Deliyah…4-year-old reader of 1,000 books Now here is an inspiring story out of the Washington Post this morning, a four-year-old who has apparently read one thousand (1,000) books so far. She hangs out at the Library of Congress. Yes…I hear you in the back there mumbling about the veracity of this story…and I’ll bet you either 1) don’t personally know any of Deliyah’s peers, other pre-schoolers, that is… or … Continue reading Deliyah…4-year-old reader of 1,000 books

Rules For Commenters…or Think First!

There should be a rule on commenting protocol requiring at least (if not a working knowledge) mini-common sense. Every school age child with a mite’s  intelligence should have learned restraint in matters of opinion… at least a few facts. No one should ever consider as an expert smart snappy comments… an internet free-for-all sans supervision. Our Rule Number One: Start out with a set of clues, … Continue reading Rules For Commenters…or Think First!

Re-discovering Classics of Literature

My reference to the Sword of Damocles, in a poem I posted a few days ago, has served to jog my poor over-loaded brain.   I always think of the human brain as a vast library-like cavern, perhaps not unlike the wondrous university libraries, such as those at Oberlin College, and the Bierce Library at the University of Akron, which are two of the libraries where I did … Continue reading Re-discovering Classics of Literature

Confessions of a “Non-Traditional Student.”

At the age of fifty, I declared that since half my life was over…the other half (arbitrarily estimated at fifty more years) would be…mine.   Really it was more of a threat than a promise, but when complaining that everyone but me had been allowed to pursue a college education, and by implication, a career.   “Everyone” being my children, and “pursue” meaning opportunity.  Their response:  “go … Continue reading Confessions of a “Non-Traditional Student.”