Evolution

By  Terry Plotkin. I believe the day will come, sooner rather than later, when the theory of evolution will have to be updated, revised, perhaps radically, and some of its tenets discarded. For instance, it is assumed that humans and apes have a common ancestor. Why must that be so? If everything evolves from something […]

Progress

by Terry Plotkin Most people I know think death is a tragedy. You can see it from the hurt in their faces when they receive the news of somebody’s passing, even if they do not know them personally. Some, usually religious people, believe death is good because their adherence to their faith informs them that […]

Conformity

A young man I know is working less than full time to raise his young child, and he is taking criticism from his extended family for doing it. They say things behind his back like; he does not pull his weight; he is not fair to his wife; he is a slacker who lacks ambition.  […]

Service

by Terry Plotkin I ran into someone I know at the grocery store who is unemployed and has been for a while. I asked her if she had found a job and her answer was she was ready to serve. She is not independently wealthy so she needs a job to stay afloat. She talked […]

Melting Pots

by Terry Plotkin I grew up in a time when Jews from the older generation carried around fresh memories of the holocaust, and the fear of annihilation that went with it.  Thus, the pressure to marry a Jew was intense. Failure to do so would be risking having your parents declare you dead and saying […]