Beatitudes & Nadia Bolz-Weber

You’ve heard of the Beatitudes, right? Maybe not, but you’ve probably heard the proverb-like statements which are called Beatitudes. In the Gospel of Mathew, Jesus gives eight beatitudes in his Sermon on the Mount. In a series of poetic parallels, they are: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs …

June Is Adopt-A-Cat Month®

Yes, June is indeed Adopt-A-Cat Month®. You can check that out at americanhumane.org. Maybe we were absent from school the day they taught about that. Or maybe Adopt-A-Cat month wasn’t created until recently and we’re getting the news late. No one around here knew about it until a week ago …

Stamp Out Starving Writers!

Stamp Out Starving Writers! Buy Their Books! That’s our motto here at Critical Pages. And in celebration of spring, we suggest you stroll over to your local bookstore and buy something. And if your local bookstore sells cards and trinkets and stuffed animals, we suggest you buy a book anyway. …

Bitcoin and Blockchain

You’ve probably heard of bitcoin — or should it be capitalized, Bitcoin? — and if you’ve gone further into it you’ve heard of Blockchain, or blockchain. These are words that a lot of people have heard and don’t understand. But bitcoin sounds like money, that’s the only thing everyone knows for sure. …

Galileo and Pendulums

Mathematical equations can be beautiful, or they can be ugly and messy. When we find a simple, elegant equation, we can rightly say it’s beautiful. Most people are familiar with the simple and elegant equation E = MC². It’s sometimes called Einstein’s equation and it expresses with admirable mathematical succinctness …

“Wars are the way Americans learn geography.”     —Ambrose Bierce, or maybe it was Mark Twain. In any case, it’s an uneasy truth.

Who Watches TV News?

The people who sponsor TV programs do so because they know who is watching those programs. And they figure they have the products that those people want to buy. People from all walks of life might watch the Super Bowl or a weekly comedy show. But only a certain kind …