Vaccination Presentation

 VACCINATION.  The word stirs hope in some, and strikes fear in others. How can that be?  Both views can be reasonable, based upon the data and your point of view.  Depending on what you believe, and what sources of information you believe are telling you the truth.  And, perhaps, that has never been so important [...]

A SHARED MEAL

  A SHARED MEAL     In this year, 2020, we are under attack, attacked by a creature that can't reproduce without us.  That, to the extent that it eats, eats us.  We can't see it, but we can breathe it.  Passing it on in little airborne droplets of mucus.  Covid-19 [Corona Virus Disease, 2019].(6) Almost [...]

Immunity, Vampires, and the Apocalypse!

IMMUNITY, VAMPIRES, AND THE APOCALYPSE! In which order should we take them? In reverse? Alright, the apocalypse first! Is it happening? Nope. Different folks have different beliefs about the coming destruction, of which they are all certain. Mine? An asteroid. It has happened before. A two-mile wide asteroid [1998, OR2] just passed by! Remember the [...]

Is A Virus Alive?

IS A VIRUS ALIVE? What does it mean to be living? Viruses certainly seem to accelerate the dying. Well, some of them, anyway. Are they all parasitic? I ask my Junior College students this question: How do you define life? Not spiritually, for that is not my business here. Not through philosophy, too speculative. But [...]

Making Soap in Shelby County

  MAKING SOAP IN SHELBY COUNTY I teach the four general categories of organic compounds in my Junior College class. "Organic" originally meant that such a compound was produced by life forms. Not always the case, but a good enough definition for this essay. The four categories are carbohydrates (simple sugars, starch, cellulose), proteins (amino [...]