Kooks or Canaries? The Problem with Authority

To read Kooks & Canaries Part I, click here There are some recurrent themes on this blog. One is open-mindedness. Another is inclusiveness, and mutual respect for others. One other we have not gotten to, but will, deals with the Open Source/Open Content movement, as exemplified by software such as the massive Linux operating system,1)It … [Read more…]

Kooks or Canaries? (Part I)

If you have been reading here, you are probably aware that I am a physician. Which is interesting, because my wife is largely anti-medicine, or at least resistant to medical approaches. She belongs to some on-line groups that look at alternative medicine, and who emphasize the importance of a healthy diet. We get along fine. … [Read more…]

Socialization of Homeschoolers

I mentioned a couple of days ago that we homeschool our children. One of the questions/complaints we often hear from other parents is about their socialization skills. Interaction with peers is an important step in socialization, so how will our kids learn social skills? Sometimes on my grumpy days I ask: What kind of socialization … [Read more…]

Big Mama

I remember working a small town hospital in central Mississippi and seeing a patient in her 50’s.  In tow was a very engaging 5 year-old boy.  As I was examining his grandmother, he was going around the ER opening all the drawers and looking inside.  He didn’t touch anything, he just looked.  And the whole … [Read more…]

An Epiphany

My children hardly wanted anything for Christmas. They only asked Santa for a couple of things each, and my wife and I had to work to come with a few extra gifts for them.  Then after opening presents, my daughter happily commented that she had gotten more than she asked for. Gratitude.  That’s something we … [Read more…]