Boldly Going Nowhere by Bret Burquest en-us Arkansas Town Names QUESTION: What do the following three lists have in common? LIST #1 – England, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Jerusalem, Damascus, London, Paris, Berlin, Warsaw, Dallas, Houston, Hollywood, Delaware, Kentucky, Kansas, Washington, Northern Ohio LIST #2 – Ain, Alf, Aly, Amy, Apt, Ard, Bay, Ben, Coy, Day, Fox, Gid, Hon, Ida, Imo, Ink, Ivy, Joy, Kay, Keo, Meg, Rex, Roe, Rye, Tag, Tip, Ulm, Uno, Van, Wye LIST #3 – Toad Suck, Oil Trough, Marked Tree, Booger Hollow,... Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:39:18 -0600 Valentine's Day February 14 is Valentine's Day. According to legend, Valentine was a Roman priest during the third century. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he decreed that young men were forbidden to get married. However, Valentine defied the ruling and continued to perform marriages of young couples in secret. His actions were eventually discovered compelling Claudius to order the priest's death. While in prison awaiting... Sun, 11 Feb 2018 11:41:28 -0600 Amazing Synchronicities A synchronicity is a meaningful coincidence of events that are not connected, often involving a metaphysical overtone. It's a psychically conditioned relativity of time and space. An Internet website recently had an interesting list of amazing coincidences. However, they seem more like synchronicities to me -- like a shot of destiny to wake up the soul. JAMES DEAN'S CAR On September 30, 1955, movie actor James Dean (1931–1955) was driving his Porsche 550 from Los Angeles... Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:45:20 -0600 The Santa Dimension When I was about five years old, I was excited to learn that Santa Claus was going to appear at my house early on Christmas Eve to personally hand Christmas gifts to my little brother and me. My parents explained that Santa was doing this as a special treat for us since we didn't have a chimney. Sure enough, Santa showed up. Although he was an hour late, according to my mother, I was thrilled to see him. I quickly rushed outside into the cold Wisconsin night but stopped several feet... Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:37:42 -0600 Christmas Merriment The winter solstice is upon us. Time to be with friends and family, to eat, drink and be merry, to give thanks for another joyous year on Planet Earth, and to watch a lot of football. Once upon a time, three wise men traveled from the east, following a bright star, and wound up in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem. There they presented a newly born baby with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh -- once again proving that men have no clue when it... Thu, 07 Dec 2017 15:59:59 -0600 JFK Assassination Notes -- November 2017 On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Over the years, I've researched the JFK assassination and have formulated my own conspiracy theory about this nefarious tragedy, far beyond a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald, based upon a bizarre sequence of collateral events. The two biggest conspiracies in our lifetimes, if true, are the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the cover-up of the presence of extraterrestrial beings on... Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:38:33 -0600 Daylight Savings On Sunday, November 5, Daylight Savings Time officially ends for the year 2017, whereby we must change all of our clocks to remain is sync with our surrounding world. Time is a great invention -- it keeps everything from happening all at once. Every spring we adjust our time pieces by adding an hour in the spring and deleting an hour in the fall. It's called Daylight Savings Time (DST). Spring forward, fall back, and do a cartwheel on your front lawn. As per our... Sat, 28 Oct 2017 11:59:45 -0500 How to Live 256 Years Li Ching-Yuen was born in China in 1677 and died in 1933. His life is the most thoroughly documented case of extreme longevity, spanning 256 years. Imperial Chinese government records from 1827 report that Li Ching-Yuen was congratulated on his 150th birthday and documents from 1877 report that he was congratulated on his 200th birthday. According to local folklore, he produced some 180 descendents, comprising 11 generations, and survived 14 wives. "Beautiful is old... Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:21:16 -0500 Positive Vibrations There is magic on Planet Earth -- it's called water. Water is a basic component of all living things on the planet. Two-thirds of the surface of earth is covered by water and the human body is made up of over 70 percent water. It's the essence of our being. The human race cannot survive more than a few days without fresh water, which is slowly disappearing and will soon become the most precious commodity on earth. Approximately 97 percent of the earth’s water... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:41:10 -0500 The Summer of Love This year, 2017, is the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. In January of 1967, a "Be-In" took place in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. "If you're going to San Francisco,... be sure to wear some flowers in your hair... If you're going to San Francisco,... summertime will be a love-in there." (Song lyrics by The Mamas and The Papas in May of 1967) A counterculture of long-haired rebellious youth, called hippies, was emerging in the Haight-Ashbury district and the news media... Fri, 15 Sep 2017 10:02:04 -0500 The Eye of a Hurricane I was once in the Eye of a Hurricane -- much excitement. By the spring of 1964, I had spent two years at the University of Minnesota, majoring in mathematics, vacillating between becoming an architect or a mining engineer, trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. That summer, I read a magazine article about computers and how there would soon be a huge demand for experts in this new field. It sounded exotic and potentially lucrative. Being an impetuous young adventurer,... Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:29:10 -0500 The Great New Madrid Earthquake New Madrid, Mo., is on the west bank of the Mississippi River, about a hundred miles upstream from Memphis, across the river from the Kentucky and Tennessee state lines, just above the Missouri boot heel. The population in 2010 was approximately 3,200. On December 16, 1811, the 400 people who lived in New Madrid were awakened by a powerful earthquake. It was the largest seismic event east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States, over 8.0 in magnitude. The tremor lasted... Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:58:00 -0500 KNIGHTS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE Bob Brewer was born and raised in western Arkansas. As a youngster, his great-uncle introduced him to a mystery that included wilderness paths, hidden symbols, carvings on trees and rocks, and the topography of certain areas. The old man was the keeper of some sort of secret knowledge that he kept to himself. Brewer went off to a career in the Navy and retired in 1977. He returned to Arkansas and began to explore the mystery of his childhood. Over the next 25 years, he interviewed... Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:14:25 -0500 11 Years in La La Land At age 30, I moved to southern California. After 11 years of excitement and turmoil, I escaped Hotel California and embarked on a new life. During my journey through La La Land, I encountered many famous celebrities along the way. "I've always been famous, it's just no one knew it yet." Lady Gaga I had been working as a computer programmer and project leader for a fortune 300 company in downtown Minneapolis. We had completed a major order entry & inventory... Sat, 01 Jul 2017 10:53:42 -0500 Far-Out Facts When George Washington became President in 1789, life expectancy at birth for Americans was 34.5 years for males and 36.5 years for females. In 1801, when Thomas Jefferson became president, 20 percent of the people in the U.S. were slaves. Globally, there are some 1,800 thunderstorms in progress at any given moment and lightning strikes the planet 100 times every second. Lightning kills more people in the United States (400 per year) than any other natural disaster. An... Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:37:23 -0500 USA & Russia Secret Alliance The most widely accepted theory of how the moon was formed is that a young planet collided with Earth more than four billion years ago, creating scattered debris that came together to form the moon. However, there are numerous extraordinary anomalies to indicate that the moon is actually hollow and possibly artificial. The moon is 2,160 miles in diameter, larger than the planet Pluto. It is 400 times smaller than the sun and 400 times closer to the Earth than the sun. Thus, during a solar... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:00:39 -0500 Name Quiz Match the "real" birth name with their "famous" name. 1) Norma Jeane Mortenson A) Marilyn Monroe B) Eleanor Rigby C) Roseanne Barr D) Meryl Streep E) Sherrie Lea Laird >>>>> 2) Robert Allen Zimmerman A) Alan Thicke B) Bob Dylan C) Elliot Gould D) Bob Hope E) Kurt Halverson >>>> 3) Marion Mitchell Morrison A) Robert Mitchum B) Marlon Brando C) Jones Marion Adkins D) Doris Day E) John... Sun, 14 May 2017 14:44:32 -0500 Dante's Inferno Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321) was an Italian poet. His epic poem, the DIVINE COMEDY, begins in a dark forest, which leads into the INFERNO (hell), followed by heaven and purgatory. Dante's Inferno has nine circles. 1) Limbo -- for those who were not baptized or do not believe in Christianity -- clear skies, green fields, pleasant villas. 2) Lust -- for those inclined to exercise excessive lust, leading to commit sexual sins such as adultery -- punishment includes being... Thu, 11 May 2017 14:30:25 -0500 Some Laughs "Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid." George Carlin "Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth." Erma Bombeck "I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house." Zsa Zsa Gabor "When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country." Elayne Boosler "If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing... Mon, 01 May 2017 15:32:26 -0500 The Theory of Everything String theory is an alternate theory of existence in our reality whereby tiny strings of small subatomic particles manifest different substances based on differing vibrations. They can manifest as matter or force. For example, magnetic attraction and gravity are not seen yet they are an interaction of strings because they exist at a subatomic level. Your body, your soul, everything you can feel or see is made up of the vibrations of strings. Upon death, some of these strings remain in the... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:56:06 -0500