Our Move from east of Norman (on Nutmeg Drive) back in town (to Silverton Circle) in 2016

Claudia and I became fans of Oklahoma native wildflowers in our landscaping when we lived out east of town from 2001, through my retirement (2004-2005) until 2016. When I retired over 15 years ago, I developed an interest in the wildflowers that were growing along the roads and highways in Oklahoma, especially the roads leading …

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Cognitive Anthropologist, Steven Mithen, Looks at Our Prehistory

A couple of topical areas that interest me (a LOT) is our species’ prehistory, and even more specifically, our development and use of two specific cultural features of the species: our language and our music. Mithen and his Research One academic I discovered some years ago now was Steven Mithen, a cognitive archaeologist at the …

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I’m Augmenting My Page about Humorous Writing, Cartoons (and Caricatures)

This web site (SkepticalBob.com) holds my posts on different topics, many of them about the same topics I try to alert my friends to on Facebook . . . but not always.  For example, sometimes I feel the urge to write a post about something going on in our household on the west side of …

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Traditional Wars, sure, but only for Parades and Congressional Big Boy Toys

Our Generals keep fighting World War II . . . with better technology: “The last time we won a war, the world ran of vacuum tubes” I’ve ordered this new book pictured below.  It came to me from Amazon yesterday. It’s called The New Rules of War, it was published in early 2019, and its …

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Girl’s Caterwauling, or as the Music Pros Call It, Melismatic Phrasing

Okay, you probably didn’t know there was a technical term for it, but the vocal “embellishments” and “fancy-ness” that the I-wanna-be-a-star kids do on television (usually at either American Idol or when they are called upon to sing on a large, televised platform (say, the national anthem, etc).  You know, when the kid belts out …

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Arts Time in Santa Fe Last Week: Klimt, Marla Allison and Tony Abeyta

One of the things we did in Santa Fe last week was visit some of the galleries and studios we have liked, and eat at some of the restaurants we found in the past.  Because we were with the Michalaks–who LOVE museums–we also revisited the “Big Four” museums on Museum Hill in southeast Santa Fe: …

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The Power of Music: “You Brought Me Trumpets? You’re An Angel!”

“Oh my God! You brought me trumpets? You’re an angel!” In the process of reading the posts left about a particular piece of classical music on YouTube (Mahler Symphony #2, the Resurrection Symphony), I noticed that one woman posted a particularly poignant memory she had of her mother’s last moments in the hospital, and the misunderstanding …

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So Back to Music for a Sec: Sorrow and Loss in Music

I was sitting here at my desktop computer when a Facebook message came in to Claudia and me telling us that the Metropolitan performance of our all time favorite opera, “Der Rosenkavalier” was going to be broadcast to some specially-equipped movie houses around the country on May 13 (a Saturday afternoon).  Well, we found that …

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Awe, Exhilaration, Joy: Some Positive Emotions We Tend to Wish To Share

I think you might be like me in at least this way: There are times in your life when you have seen something or participated in an event that you are so overwhelmingly and positively impacted by emotionally . . . that you want to share that feeling’s cause (the natural setting you are looking …

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