Introduction and Index

Wreck of the Sea Venture 1609 Samuel Jordan was evidently the first Jordan to settle in English America. Some reports say that Samuel was born in Lyme Regis, Dorsetshire, England, and his birth year is given as 1575 or 1578.  Samuel was on the ship Sea Venture that shipwrecked off Bermuda in July 1609. The […]

Fog on the Mountain

In 1948 I was attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  When school was not in session I lived with my parents at Carolina Beach. In the summer of 1948 Dad, Mom and I got into the family car and headed west towards Arkansas to visit with my brother Branch and family.  Our […]

The Origin of Life

(This post is essentially an extract from a much longer post that I published more than a year ago.  I believe it is important that we think about these things.  Where did we come from?  Where are we going?) In the third decade of the Twentieth Century, a few years following the cataclysmic event known […]

American Football

As a young boy I started playing the game of baseball at a very early age.  I loved playing the game, and I learned to swing a bat with considerable efficiency.  My fielding skills left much to be desired.  All through my pre-teen and teen years I played the game frequently.  Usually it was the […]

The Big Picture

My grandson Scott recently gave me a book by Sean Carroll entitled The Big Picture.  Dr. Sean Carroll is a theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology, and he is a highly respected scientist and writer in his field. This book devotes much of its content to a description of quantum field theory, the […]

World War II Begins

Eighty years ago, on September 1, 1939, World War II began with the German attack on Poland.  I told the story of World Wars I & II in my post titled “War and Madness.”  Now, on the 80th anniversary of that event, I am publishing more details on World War II’s beginning. After World War […]

Birthday Reflections

Today is my 90th birthday.  I’m a bit surprised to still be walking and talking.  No one else in my immediate family lived so long. I was born during the first year of Herbert Hoover’s term as President and less than two months before the stock market crash that began the great depression.  Of course, […]