Author Archives: B. Trout

Let’s Talk Turkey!

With another pagan holiday on the horizon, taste buds across the U.S. are tantalized by the thought of Mom’s old-fashioned roasted turkey.  Children of all ages can’t wait to dig into piles of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and juicy … Continue reading

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The Man in the Iron Mask!

It started with lower back pain.  The doctor and I concurred that it was probably a bulged vertebral disk, and the doctor prescribed steroids and analgesics to reduce swelling and quell the pain.  After a week, the pain became unbearable.  … Continue reading

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Roman Holiday!

When Chris Christie was a candidate for governor of New Jersey in 2009, I was unimpressed.  He was an overweight, overbearing, over the top, loudmouth Republican politician.  New Jersey voters were distraught. With New Jersey taxes going up, service going … Continue reading

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The Fickle Mistress!

Religion is a fickle mistress.  Many religions dictate the lives of their constituents, indeed, many are consumed by their religions.  Religion is based on faith allowing their practitioners to indulge in little facts and to worship a myriad of invisible … Continue reading

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Bright as a Blade!

Isaiah 2:4 proclaims that God will judge nations, rebuke many people and the people will “beat swords into plow shares.”  Apparently, either God, the people, or both, didn’t shave much.  The power and comfort of a good blade against the … Continue reading

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A Spark of Genius!

The early days of electricity always conjures images of a  wind-swept, rain-soaked Benjamin Franklin with kite and key, or a smug-faced Edison standing behind his famous incandescent bulb.  Other names pop up from time to time during “electrifying” conversations like … Continue reading

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Great Balls of Fire!

Fire is a fearsome thing.  The animal kingdom is confused and fearful of the all consuming entity; horses panic and run toward it, insects are suicidally drawn to it, and most creatures run or fly from deadly flames stricken by … Continue reading

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The Pompatos of Love!

Poetry and literature can be explicated.  Writings by Shakespeare, Keats, Yeats and Coleridge are a mystery at first reading, but many scholars and academicians read, dissect, explain and regurgitate the meaning and reasoning of all written things throughout history.  Unlike … Continue reading

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America the Industrious!

The images pervade American history books.  Images that reflect an industrious, hardworking America–  a 18th Century colonist wielding an axe, a 20th Century steel worker pouring a white-hot ingot, a 19th Century railroad worker pinning down a steel track with … Continue reading

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Die Letzte Zigarette!

Unlike eggs, cigarettes constantly lose ground decade after decade regarding their impact on your health.  Eggs are an “on again, off again” affair.  Eggs were good for you in the 1950’s, but bad for you in the 60’s, came back … Continue reading

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