September, 2001

We’d only been in Florida for a few months, having moved down in June for Ted’s new job.  I didn’t yet have gainful employment, staying home with our young children instead.  I was finishing up some contract design work for my old company the morning of the 11th, when Ted called.  ”Turn on the television,” […]

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Hero of the Day

Eduard Burceag, a Romanian immigrant, software engineer, experienced mountaineer, and loving husband, was climbing Mt. Rainer with his wife Mariana and his friend Daniel, when a freak blizzard struck the volcano. The three quickly dug a snow trench to provide shelter from the wind, and Eduard, knowing full well what the likely outcome of his […]

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A Story With More Than One Lesson to Learn

The Algae Powered Car Adventure The short story, a science teacher from a not-so-wealthy school, wants to get his kids interested in science. His idea, take an issue even kids are aware of (the rising cost of fuel), and instead of preaching of the evils of Exxon or thumping for corn Ethanol, he introduced the […]

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Black Gold, Indiana (?) Tea

This just tickles my sense of “do it yourself” to no end.  It seems that Greg Losh has put in an oil well on his property that not only pays off in three barrels of oil a day, but also gives him enough natural gas to heat his own house, as well as that of […]

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Hero of the Day

I remain ever cynical of those *under* 30, so this guy is a welcome anomaly: 20-year old Samuel Huffman pulled 82-year old Marguerite Jones from train tracks at a Lodi crossing mere moments before she would have been struck and killed by an oncoming train. According to Jones, she was crossing the Union Pacific railroad […]

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Hero of the Day

Words sometimes fail: With an out-of-control car bearing down, Joseph Richardson grabbed his 4-year-old daughter and held her up out of harm’s way. It was his last act — and one that apparently saved his daughter’s life. Richardson, a 39-year-old father of three, was killed Monday evening by the car, driven by a man who […]

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