December 2, 2020

Saturday Ramblings: April 16, 2016


Happy Saturday! This week some friends of ours are at the Grand Canyon, enjoying the magnificent views. When I was kid back in the day our family made the prototypical vacation trip west to visit relatives in Arizona and I’ll never forget how impressed I was with the western landscapes.

So here’s an old ad encouraging people to go to the Grand Canyon in a new 1904 Rambler. I’m not sure how good the roads were then, since the U.S. government didn’t even enact a plan for national highway construction until 1925 and the designation “66” wasn’t assigned to a Chicago to Los Angeles route until 1926. Heck, old Route 66 wasn’t even completely paved across the country until 1938. To say the least, a trip out west at the turn of the 20th century would have been a long and difficult adventure.

Who knows how far afield we’ll journey today, but at least we can probably find a paved road that will take us there. Come on, hop in and let’s ramble!

logo_grand_canyonKerry at the original ground zero

Secretary of State John Kerry took a longer trip last week, rambling across the Pacific to become the first Secretary of State ever to visit the atomic bomb memorial site at Hiroshima, Japan.

Kerry called it a “gut-wrenching” experience and said that everyone should see the museum there, including President Obama, who is due to visit Japan next month. Kerry joined ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan in laying wreaths at the site.

“Going through this museum was a reminder of the depth of obligation that every single one of us in public life carries — in fact, every person in position of responsibility carries — to work for peace,” Kerry said.


logo_grand_canyonA pictorial journey to India

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to see a dear friend from India who is here visiting folks around the U.S. Made me pull out some of the old pics from our journeys to that complex and mysterious land. Thought I’d share a few of them with you today. Most of these are from trips we took in the 1990’s.

logo_grand_canyonA new job for angels?

“I put it in God’s hands. Someone asked me, did I pray before and my prayer really was God, your will be done. And I think that’s what happened. I think this was all God’s plan, God’s will. So to God be the glory,” said Sissac who celebrated with fist pumps in the air after he made the shot.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsThis was the reaction of Pastor Joseph Sissac, senior pastor at the Center of Praise Ministries in Sacramento after making a half-court shot at a recent Sacramento Kings game. The shot won the pastor a new car. But don’t call him lucky. The pastor had quipped in an earlier text message that he was hoping angels would take the ball through the hoop after he threw it up, and when asked about it afterwards, he said, “You know I think that’s exactly what happened.”

For a minute there I thought I was going to take a cheap shot at the prosperity gospel.

But then I read that Sissac decided to donate his winnings to charity. He won a $15,000 Ford Fiesta but announced Tuesday that he and his wife will chip in $2,000 and get a Ford Focus instead and raffle it off, hoping to raise $30,000. He plans to split the money between Center of Praise’s math and literacy camp and the Hoops to Hopes program, which focuses on education, homelessness and human trafficking.

The angel thing is still silly, but it sounds like the outcome will be Jesus-shaped.

logo_grand_canyon5870-mick-jaggerA behemoth of a boomer concert

The Los Angeles Times is saying that the organizers of Coachella, the lucrative rock festival that opened Friday, are making arrangements for a massive event to take place at a venue in the California desert on October 7-9.

The concert will reportedly include six of the biggest acts of the boomer generation — The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.

I’ll be turning 60 in less than a month, and I may just be too young for this concert!

Maybe they’ll let me in with a parent or guardian.

logo_grand_canyonCold case even colder now

From CBS Chicago: A 76-year-old man who a prosecutor says was wrongly convicted a few years ago in the killing of an Illinois schoolgirl was released Friday shortly after a judge vacated his conviction. The 1957 case of the murder of Maria Ridulph had been the coldest cold case on record. Now it’s back in the cold case file.

1957-killingJack McCullough was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the death of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph in Sycamore, about 70 miles west of Chicago. In a review of documents last year, a prosecutor found evidence that supported the former policeman’s long-held alibi that he had been 40 miles away in Rockford at the time of Maria’s disappearance.

Maria’s disappearance made headlines nationwide in the 1950s, when reports of child abductions were rare. She had been playing outside in the snow with a friend on Dec. 3, 1957, when a young man approached, introduced himself as “Johnny” and offered them piggyback rides. Maria’s friend dashed home to grab mittens, and when she came back, Maria and the man were gone. Forest hikers found her remains five months later.

maria-soloAt trial, prosecutors said McCullough was Johnny, because he went by the name John Tessier in his youth. They said McCullough, then 18, dragged Maria away, choked and stabbed her to death.

McCullough’s long-held alibi was that he had been in Rockford, attempting to enlist with the U.S. Air Force at a military recruiting station, on the night Maria disappeared. Newly discovered phone records proved McCullough had made a collect call to his parents at 6:57 p.m. from a phone booth in downtown Rockford, which is 40 miles northwest of where Maria was abducted between 6:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m.

Maria Ridulph’s family has said that they remain convinced of his guilt.

Justice may have been served in the case of Jack McCullough, but a little girl’s blood is still crying out from the ground nearly sixty years after her death.

logo_grand_canyonThe doctor is uncomfortable talking about this

Here’s something right where I live and work each day.

First: Patients and their families increasingly want to talk about end-of-life care with their physicians well before facing a terminal illness, studies have shown. Most also want to die at home rather than in a hospital, although cultural differences influence end-of-life preferences.

Second: Medicare now reimburses doctors $86 to discuss end-of-life care in an office visit that covers topics such as hospice, living wills and do-not-resuscitate orders. Known as “advance care planning,” the conversations can also be held in a hospital.

Third: A recent poll suggests doctors are having a hard time having these discussions. A national poll of 736 primary care doctors and specialists, including 202 in California, examined their views on advance care planning and end-of-life conversations with patients. Among the findings:

  • While 75 percent of doctors said Medicare reimbursement makes it more likely they’d have advance care planning discussions, only about 14 percent said they had actually billed Medicare for those visits.
  • Three quarters also believe it’s their responsibility to initiate end-of-life conversations.
  • Fewer than one-third reported any formal training on end-of-life discussions with patients and their families.
  • More than half said they had not discussed end-of-life care with their own physicians.

exhausted doctor

Kaiser Permanente in Northern California is a health care system that doesn’t shy away from the subject. There, physicians receive training in end-of-life discussions and have time to carry them out, said Dr. Ruma Kumar, the HMO’s regional medical director of supportive care services. Kaiser Permanente looks to nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers to work with patients on various stages of what the HMO calls “life care planning.” The HMO also offers a website to guide people through the process.

Kumar said Kaiser encourages both doctors and patients to think of end-of-life planning “as a routine part of care, just like you’d get a mammogram or colon cancer screening.”

As far as I am concerned, that’s just good stewardship of one’s health and of one’s family’s well being.

logo_grand_canyonGovernor vetoes Bible as Tennessee state book

Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee, a Christian, vetoed legislation on Thursday that would have made the Bible the state’s official book.

Gov. Bill Haslam announces a healthier communities initiative at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday, March 11, 2015. The governor told reporters afterward that he is urging fellow Republicans in the Legislature not to let the upcoming convention of the National Rifle Association in Nashville influence their consideration of a slew of bills seeking to loosen state gun laws. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

In his decision, Haslam said that the designation would trivialize the Bible, which he considers a sacred text, and would violate the religious freedom provisions of the both the U.S. and Tennessee constitutions.

“If we believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, then we shouldn’t be recognizing it only as a book of historical and economic significance,” the Republican governor said. “If we are recognizing the Bible as a sacred text, then we are violating the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee by designating it as the official state book.”

Supporters have argued that the designation would highlight the economic and historical impact the Bible has had on Tennessee, noting that printing the Bible is a “multimillion-dollar industry” for the state. Opponents argued the bill formalized a governmental endorsement of Christianity, while others, like Haslam, argued the move would trivialize the Bible by placing it next to the tomato — the state fruit — and raccoon — the state animal.

Sponsors of the bill plan to override the veto. It would take only a simple majority in both houses of the Tennessee legislature to do that.

logo_grand_canyonHe’s back, and more wrong than ever

James Dobson never was one for analysis and nuance. Pretty blunt and straightforward, that guy. His January 2016 newsletter, edited into a slightly less alarmist opinion piece for Christianity Today, warns America of the terrible consequences of “under-population,” and it is fully in character.

james_dobson_300Americans are starting to realize, perhaps for the first time, that we are facing a demographic nightmare. Our problem is not too many people but a plummeting birthrate. There are more single women today than those who are married, and the birthrate has been declining steadily. If it were not for immigration, this nation would be below zero population growth.

…Historically, children and young adults have greatly outnumbered the old and feeble. Those of a marriageable age have produced a vigorous birthrate for 300 years, which continually swelled the size of the population. Most of the elderly, on the other hand, had a short lifespan and were dying faster than babies were born. Thus, the population has been depicted as a pyramid, with the young being represented across its broad base and fewer older individuals nestled at the pinnacle. Now, we’re witnessing an inversion of the pyramid, where there are many more older people at the bottom and a smaller number of younger people and babies at the top.

A falling birthrate is occurring throughout Europe, parts of Asia, in Central and South America, and elsewhere. This inversion is a worldwide phenomenon.

Well, Tobin Grant at RNS has taken Dobson to task, calling his piece “so factually and logically flawed” that he had to respond. Here, in bullet points, are his answers to Dobson’s claims (read the article for argumentation and details).

  • Even without immigration, the replacement rate in the United States continues to be high enough to increase the population.
  • The birthrate has not been declining steadily.
  • There never has been nor is there now an “inverted pyramid” of population. Instead:
    • In every year, there are fewer older people than younger people. There’s never an inverted pyramid.
    • Changes occur during times of war. Watch the number of 18-24 year old men change during World War I and World War II.
    • Economics drives procreation. Starting in the late 1920s and continuing until the post-WWII gains in the economy, there are relatively fewer number of young children.
    • Then comes the baby boom.
    • There is a relative decline in children in the 1960s, but then it stabilized.
    • Today, there is a leaf-pattern, a pyramid except for the higher numbers from the baby boom.

James Dobson has even written a trilogy of novels with under-population as a primary theme. They’re called “Fatherless, Childless, and Godless, and they present a fictional account of what he thinks current demographic, sociological, and cultural trends portend.

Folks, it’s all fiction.

logo_grand_canyonToday in music

Hey U.S. readers, did you file your taxes yet?


  1. Stopped paying attention to Dobson at least 20 years ago. He’s a nutter.

    • Amen!

      • And, I’ve noticed that persons who give him credence BECOME nutters…

        • Can we just dispense with the ad hominem attacks and just call them “wrong” or “uninformed”? Jesus shaped? I stopped listening to the man decades ago but I won’t call him a “nutter”.

          • That Other Jean says

            Nope. Anybody (like Dobson) who takes after his elderly 12 pound dachshund with a belt because the dog is being “willful” and refusing to leave a warm bathroom for his cold bed elsewhere in the house, and then brags about it in a book on child-rearing, _The Strong-Willed Child_, is definitely a nutter.

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            And praises his other dog who from apparent puppyhood abuse was Utterly Docile with (literally) no will of her own. A canid version of “Reek” from Game of Thrones.

          • I don’t want to call Dobson a nutter because it isn’t fair to people who are actually “crazy” or have a mental health issue. I think terms like “wicked”, “damaging”, or “evil” are better descriptors.

          • He’s a nutter.

    • And written by “Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner”? Come on, we all know how this “Big Name + Ghost Writer” dodge works…

    • Headless Unicorn Guy says

      Especially after he moved to the Christian Redoubt in Colo Spgs.

      Under Reagan and Bush 41, he was one of GOD’s GOP Kingmakers.
      Then came Billary and he was on the outs — no nights in the Lincoln Bedroom!
      Then Bush 43 and GOP Kingmaker again.
      Then the Obamanation of Desolation and on the outs again.
      Add Hardening of the Attitudes and the Colo Spgs Echo Chamber and…

  2. A moment in history…I’m the first to comment on Sat. Ramble. Wassup?

  3. Andrew Zook says

    I have a feeling Dobson is more worried about decline in a particular demographic…ie his tribe… maybe if his tribe, white evangelicals, weren’t so bent on syncretism with their surrounding culture or if they were more willing to lay down their “privilege” like God modeled for them and welcome inevitable changes God brings, Mr Dobson wouldn’t feel the need for such alarmism?

    • +1

    • And those parts they don’t want to syncretize they want to abolish.

    • Brianthedad says

      A very Victorian attitude from back in the day when national prestige and power was measured by the number of young able bodied men you had in your armies to oppose the armies of the godless hordes. Perhaps Dobson’s pyramid is based on his observations of attendance at Franklin Graham’s Decision America tour. His Alabama stop was here on Thursday. I happened to be downtown just before and the number of Baptist church buses from around the state depositing old white people at the Capitol was enormous. A review of the photos from local news coverage confirmed that was the great majority of attendance. Perhaps Mr Dobson should look around a bit outside of his immediate circle.

      • Headless Unicorn Guy says

        Quiverfull… OUTBREED THE HEATHEN!

        “We conquer the lands of the Infidel! Our wombs shall be our weapons!”
        — attr to a Jihadi Euro-Mullah

        • Andrew Zook says

          My mentioning of syncretism above alludes to this: that the very suburban white evangelical types that Dobson appeals to, are decidedly NOT quiverfull… Did the Dobson’s have more than 2 or 3? My recollection is that they did not – ie they modeled perfectly the white 50’s era family of 4 or 5 total who lived comfortable to luxuriously in the suburbs away from all of life’s riff-raff. My feeling is that Dobson is worried about that group declining… which of course they are, in part because they didn’t have many children…

  4. CM, I doubt you’re too young for the concert. If you can remember the first time you heard “Paint It Black” then you’re just fine to addend this Geriatric Rock Event.

  5. What a sane decision on the part of the governor of Tennessee — obviously a man capable of holding two logically contingent thoughts at the same time. And as far as Mr. Dobson’s claim that “If it were not for immigration, this nation would be below zero population growth,” then yay! We have plenty of room for the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

    CM, I too am trying to picture the frail wheels of a 1904 Rambler making it to the edge of the Grand Canyon. An impressive feat, but I’m wondering how many of the rattled passengers said, “That’s fine, I’ll walk” part way into the trip.

    • To drive that 1904 Rambler from Wisconsin to the Grand Canyon a person would have to be a competent mechanic and know how to crack crude into gasoline…

      • How much would $1350 in 1904 $ be today? That’s one heck of an expensive car.

        • A simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say the relative value is $37,100.00. This answer is obtained by multiplying $1350 by the percentage increase in the CPI from 1904 to 2015.

          If you want to compare the value of a $1,350.00 Income or Wealth , in 1904 there are five choices. In 2015 the relative:
          historic standard of living value of that income or wealth is $37,100.00
          contemporary standard of living value of that income or wealth is $85,400.00
          labor earnings of that commodity is $162,000.00 (using the unskilled wage) or $271,000.00 (using production worker compensation)
          economic status value of that income or wealth is $239,000.00
          economic power value of that income or wealth is $934,000.00

          • Its a difficult question, because in 1904 money had more purchasing power, but also more economic power. A simple calculation doesn’t really work; you need multi-dimensional equation. For example, in the data above, the purchasing power adjustment shows that this car cost about what a decent car costs these days. But the economic power value is nearly a million dollars. Why? Because a $1400 dollar capital stake in 1904 had the same power as a million dollar stake today. E.g., one would need a million dollars to open a simple auto garage or restaurant these days, but one could open the same businesses for $1400 in 1900. In other words, autos have become a commodity (especially when one considers that some of the best new autos on the planet can be hd for less than 37K, while capital investment opportunities have become more difficult with exponentially higher startup costs/barriers to entry. This is why economic comparisons can be so challenging. To add another wrinkle, the average family in 1904 spent 25-30% of their income on food. Today it is 10-15%. All that to say that one can only get a fair understanding of economic hurdles by looking at several facets.

        • Clay Crouch says


        • >>How much would $1350 in 1904 $ be today? That’s one heck of an expensive car.

          About what you pay for a entry level riding lawn mower today with about the same size engine. Where I live, road legal four wheelers are popular. They cost roughly ten times that, go at least 40 mph, some of them would hold five people and make it to the Grand Canyon with no problem, don’t look all that different from the Rambler.

          The Model T made cars available to real people. I still think that a new car should cost $2,000, which is what I paid in 1964 for a new VW. This notion seems to be something like a religious belief that I will likely hold with my last breath. I bought a 2000 4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee recently for $1.500. It would likely make it to the Grand Canyon but I bought it to haul wood. It’s true that it has a rust spot you can stick your hand thru, but probably that Rambler has one too by now. I’ve run it well over 40 mph. Up here, Grand Cherokees are sort of like old Cadillacs that don’t get stuck going out your driveway.

          • I WANT one of those old Cadillacs! You know, the ones with the big fins and a front seat as large as my sofa? And don’t forget the trunk space capable of holding all of my worldly possessions!

          • >>I WANT one of those old Cadillacs!

            Oscar, I had a ’69 silver four door hardtop, prettiest car I’ve ever had. Had a huge V-8, you could kick it into passing gear on a two lane road and it was like a 747 taking off with all four barrels wide open, you’d be going 90 mph when you pulled back in your lane. Bought it for $500 but it had a transmission vibration I never could solve. Wish I still had it today.

            I see on Ebay there is one currently at under five grand with five days to go and another for $13,000 plus outright. I was living out in the woods in a trailer with no electricity when I had mine. One of my best memories.

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            You want BIG tailfins, make that a ’59 Caddy.

          • Headless Unicorn Guy says

            Though my favorite Caddy in the looks department was the ’67 two-door version.
            Like those mid-Sixties stacked headlights.

    • Damaris, as far as Governor Haslam is concerned, it was good to see him finally veto some of the nonsense that our Tennessee Legislature has created this session. I hope that he would exhibit the same sanity with bills that are dealing with bathrooms and tossing out the Code of Ethics of the American Counseling Association. As a constituent, I would hope so. However, his track record speaks otherwise.

  6. Dobson should be talking to East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Southern Europe. The birth rate in places like Sweden, Ireland, and the Anglosphere is pretty much just fine. However, the decline in places like Taiwan seems to me to be little short of catastrophic.

    Example: Since 2000, the birth rate in Taiwan has fallen by about 1/3. In real terms, this means that if you walk into a high school today and look at the number of students, when you come back in 15 or 16 years, there will only be 2/3 as many. Want to go into education? They’re already starting to shut down some colleges in my wife’s home town in the south. Because life spans have also increased, however, the population isn’t yet in actual decline, but it will eventually be headed down.

    Dobson’s alarmism is simply misdirected. There is every reason to expect wrenching changes in places like East Asia due to low birthrates in the years to come.

    • I should add that EVENTUALLY having a small island like Taiwan with rather fewer people that its current population of 23 million would probably be a good thing for the environment and human flourishing in general. It’s getting there smoothly that’s at issue.

      • Getting from now to there is likely to be very hard though. Rarely do societies or economies shrink without lots of pain.

  7. I found that the US fertility rate is 1.88 per woman. ( I understand there is immigration, but doesn’t the birthrate have to be at least 2 to maintain population??????? I don’t think a lot of people really want to have children anymore, for various reasons.

  8. Well the first car trip across the United States was in 1903 and took 63 days.

    Slight shortage of paved roads and of good directions (early on someone misdirected them to their family home so the rest of the family could see a real car for the first time).

  9. A few short comments:

    Wonderful Ramblings today!

    I’d like that Rambler — for what it would be worth NOW!

    I like what Kerry said, and the fact that he visited Hiroshima. I don’t want to second-guess the WWII generation, but there’s no doubt the A-Bomb brought a whole new era of horrific possibilities in its wake, and those possibilities will never not be there again. (Harry Truman, I understand, said he had no regrets whatever about dropping the bombs. He said that often, more and more frequently towards the end of his life. I guess maybe he was thinking about it a lot.)

    Glad the guy was found innocent, though late in the day.

    Of course doctors hate talking about end-of-life. Their whole lives have been devoted to fighting it.

    Ah, Mr. Dobson. Bless his heart.

    Most important, I loved the pix of India! Such a colorful and complex civilization, flourishing when we Europeans were still swinging’ through the trees in our BVDs (so to speak).

    CM, whose is the statue in the lower left corner?

    And those little girls with the forehead paint spots — I thought that was an Indian symbol of a married woman. Please don’t tell me…

    • Re: the statue — Straight from Wikipedia: “The Thiruvalluvar Statue is a 133 feet (40.6 m) tall stone sculpture of the Tamil poet and philosopher Tiruvalluvar, author of the Thirukkural. It is located atop a small island near the town of Kanyakumari on the southernmost Coromandel Coast, where two seas and an ocean meet; the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean.”

      As for the forehead dot (bindi): in Hindu culture married women wear a red bindi, unmarried girls are allowed to wear any color. If a married woman wears a black bindi, it signifies mourning.

  10. I remember watching a scare tactic propaganda film called Demographic Winter or similar back when I was in the cult 6-7 years ago. I don’t remember being convinced, no reason other than it seemed so far-fetched.

    One of those early cracks I should have noticed.

    In other news, had my wisdom teeth pulled Thursday, and while my jaw is fairly fine and I’m able to eat scrambled eggs again, a slight ankle sprain at the gym on Monday may be becoming a full blown gout attack due to the crappy liquid/mashedpotatoes/icecream diet I have to be on right now.

    I’m dying for some mexican food and to simply be able to walk and get out of the house.

  11. I guess Dobson wants evangelical Christians to have plenty of kid, so that the children can grow up and become…..nones?

    • So that the parents become FOTF customers and prevent the parachurch ministry bubble from imploding as the nones find better things to do with their money.

  12. I think at one time Dobson and Focus on the Family were truly “focused on the family,” as in helping support healthy believing families, but there seemed to be a shift somewhere (10 years ago? 15? During the Clinton administration?) toward more of a “culture war” organization. To me, they lost their way when that shift began. Yo, James…Stop telling me what a family is and how bad other people are and help me in leading my family!

    • Christiane says

      Hi RICK RO.

      I thought the lure of fundamentalist-evangelicalism was the whole scene of telling the faithful ‘how bad other people are’. In this way, fundies are not leaving the development of ‘self’-righteousness to chance, but are helping it along by providing the faithful with a whole world of folks to look down, just in case they aren’t self-righteous enough already.

    • The start of the the Clinton administration was when he started to go off the rails. Up to then he was mostly about issues with raising kids. After that he switched to getting the Godless out of our government.

      • Headless Unicorn Guy says

        Because he’d been one of GOD’s Kingmakers for the GOP (GOD’s Own Party) under Reagan and Bush 41.
        Then came Billary and he was Persona Non Grata.
        Then Bush 43 (Dubya) and he was Kingmaker again.
        Then the Obamanation of Desolation and he was on the outs again.
        Kingmaker to Nobody to Kingmaker to Nobody…

  13. My wife and I didn’t really make use of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family resources. Not sure why. Our church subscribes to Focus materials for bulletin-stuffers, and we’ve had friends who have sworn by Dobson.

    Several years ago, about the time Dobson formed “Focus on the Family Action,” a political arm of Focus, in which he got a bit outside of himself and waxed environmental as well as political and familial (insisting from his Christian authority and psychological expertise that humans have not, repeat not, caused climate change), I thought about it and realized that I have learned more of my parenting skills from the Bill Cosby Show than from James Dobson.

    Imagine my heartbreak when Cosby’s sins and crimes were made known. But Dobson too had fallen from grace a bit, having been sacked by his own board of directors for too much of the political. At least he kept his pants on.

    On another family matter, my oldest of three daughters turned 30 today. I’m old.

    Sorry, I’m just… you know… rambling…

    • I turn 31 in 8 days, you aren’t…well maybe.

      I feel old. Actually, I feel young, but trapped in an older person’s body. Lost my youth, reclaiming my prime.

      • Ted, you’re not old. Then again, our only daughter turns 22 in a few weeks, but we were in our mid 30’s when she came along.

        StuartB, you’re definitely not old. The feeling of being trapped in an older person’s body is a feeling that you need to get used to. You’ll have it for a while.

      • 31 is not old, Stuart. I had a physics instructor in trade school, a rather pithy man who was a retired army colonel. Lots of what he said was unprintable, and one thing I’ve remembered on many occasions: “The best years of a man’s life are between the age of 30 and 40! Because before he’s 30 he ain’t got no f***ing brains, and after he’s 40 he ain’t got no balls!”

        Then I went to a Christian college and the language was cleaner, but the practical advice wasn’t any more sound than that.

  14. When my husband and I were first married and the kids came along (mid 80s), we found his books and radio program really useful. I’m sad that things went south for him.