January 25, 2014

Fake Money vs. Real Money

Silver American Eagle CoinLast week, USA Today ran a story about how leaders of the American Postal Workers Union are outraged about a pilot program that the U.S. Postal Service is testing in four states.  The Postal Service has arranged for the installation of 84 postal counters to operate within Staples office supply stores in California, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.

January 22, 2014

The Queen of Titles

The dictionary defines the word “title” as “an appellation of dignity, honor, distinction, or preeminence attached to a person or family by virtue of rank, office, precedent, privilege, attainment, or lands.”  It is said that the Blessed Virgin Mary has more than 1,000 titles, a handful of which are: Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, Seat of Wisdom, Mirror of Justice, Vessel of Honor, Cause of Our Joy, Gate of Heaven, Morning Star, and Comforter of the Afflicted.

January 18, 2014

Bitcoins, Money, and Digital Savings Accounts

BitcoinYou may have heard of bitcoins, a digital currency that is being used by various individuals to purchase items on the Internet.  There are a lot of people who think that the adoption and use of bitcoins is a solution to some of the problems caused by the runaway creation of money by various governments throughout the world.  I have my doubts about the viability of this so-called new form of money.  Here’s how Wikipedia describes Bitcoin:

January 12, 2014

Is There a Cure for Depression?

Depression CureThe psychiatry journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA Psychiatry) recently published the results of a study that revealed that people who are at high risk of depression and believe that religion or spirituality is important are less likely to suffer from depression.  The results of the study showed that the cerebral cortex of each of the brains of the people who were less likely to suffer from depression was thicker.  The cerebral cortex is the outermost layer of the brain.

January 4, 2014

Catching Fire in the New Year

Catching FireLast week I saw the movie, Catching Fire, with Georgette and two of our daughters, Mary and Teresa.  Catching Fire is based on the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy, and picks up where the original movie, The Hunger Games, left off.  Following the events of the first movie, the main character, Katniss Everdeen, returns home to her mother and sister.