No one else can control your attitude.

I’m in a book club that recently wrapped up discussion on Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl’s autobiographical account of his experiences in Nazi concentration camps. Upon reflection, my mind went back to the Bible, which, when stripped of religious dogma, contains much wisdom.

For instance, Frankl makes me think…


After Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season, 16 teams were undefeated, and they produced the initial batch of 50 players earning an MVP point. Those teams went 7–9 in Week 2, and there are now seven teams at 2–0, 18 at 1–1, and seven at 0–2.

Winning the game…


I’ve been looking at the NFL age-old Passer Rating stat and ESPN’s quarterbacking stat called QBR, which was instituted a decade ago to address alleged shortcomings in the Passer Rating.

I can sympathize with the desire for something like QBR. Passer rating can shortchange some quarterbacks. For instance, in the…


Below is the list of players who earned an MVP Point after Week 1 of the NFL regular season, listed alphabetically.

Remember that the first condition for a player to get an MVP Point is that his team has to win the game. It’s probable that:

  • Roughly half the 0–1…

For the 2021 NFL season, I plan to track leaders in the regular-season MVP race.

It’s going to be unusual. I’m asking just two questions:

  1. Did the player’s team win the game?
  2. In the game, did the player (if a quarterback) have a passer rating of at least 97.0, …


The fruit of the Spirit is within you.

You may have heard the word “Namaste” with greater frequency over the years, especially as Eastern, New Age, and New Thought beliefs have emerged in Western societies. Namaste is a Sanskrit word that literally means, “I bow to you.” …


Monty Hall, who passed away in 2017 was born 100 years ago today: August 25, 1921. He was host of Let’s Make a Deal for 30 years. In 2008 I wrote about the “Monty Hall Problem” at The Partial Observer. This is an edited, revised, and shortened version.

Some time…


I recently watched Welcome to Leith, a 2015 documentary about white supremacist Craig Cobb’s attempt to take over a tiny village by persuading others of his ilk to move there. The native villagers resist him. …


I recently watched the 2021 documentary Knots: a Forced Marriage Story. As one reviewer puts it: “In succinct and gnawing first-person interviews, three women detail how intense parental pressure, teenage gullibility and isolation forced them into marriage with people they barely knew”

Two of the women were 19 when they…


I recently watched a 2016 Eloise King interview with Neale Donald Walsch, King repeats the question Walsch had asked in his Conversations with God: How can 7 billion people on this planet all want exactly the same thing: to be loved, to be happy, to be secure, to live in…

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