Unboxed Musings Archive

In Defense of Sarcasm

Having given up (or all but given up) alcohol, white sugar, white flour, swearing, red meat and soft drinks, I thought the only things left were caffeine, chocolate and butter. It is a better man than I that can give up these last three. Daily walks, and almost daily swims are routine in our household. We work, help others, and keep to ourselves. So, pardon…

8 Numbers Shine a Light on Reading

Jacob M. Braude defined a “big gun” as “frequently an individual of small caliber and immense bore.” Well, at the risk of sounding like a big bore, I’ve gathered a few statistics about reading that you might find memorable: While 15% of the U.S. population is dyslexic, 50% of NASA employees are dyslexic. Statistic Brain 2016 (I’d love to know if this is really true!)…

Stupid Insult

“No name calling,” our mothers and teachers instructed. Actually, it’s pretty good advice. What does name calling really do for you anyway? Perhaps we can agree that name calling really has no place in an adult conversation. However, just as I have occasionally broken the rule in my home, maybe others of you have slipped as well. When contemplating the ever increasing environment of openly…

Who Doesn’t Love Pie?

You never know what will inspire your next idea. To that end, I recommend people read different news feeds, tune into different radio stations and podcasts, and explore a variety of websites. After the morning chores, I sat down for a few minutes, turned on the television, and resisted the urge to take a nap. A show on RFDTV called Noble Outfitters was highlighting Karen…