“Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

A very bright physisist once bragged, “I don’t shade my eyes; I plagarize.”  Then, the Irish-Brit, John Desmond Bernal (1901-1971), a pioneer of molecular biology, coined his humorously infamous indictment of human-jealousy, now known as “Bernal’s Ladder”, which pricelessly proclaimed that all new ideas in physics were met with these reactions: (1) It’s not true. (2) Well, it may be true, but it’s not important. (3) Possibly, it is important, but it’s not original. (4) Finally, it may be original, but it’s what I always thought.”  I, au contraire, leap to plagarize all good ideas and data, but I am equally anxious to give attribution to my sources  — following the admonition of a much-admired English Lit professor: “Borrow what you like, but always give attribution.” I take credit for no original thought, but, after prodigious study, I consider myself capable of recognizing wisdom when I encounter it.  Sagacious thoughts, like precious stones, are rare and difficult to locate, making them the rewards of assiduous prospecting.  Herein, I pass distillations of my findings and observations, which, hopefully, will interest the reader and spark commentary (at some future date when time allows me to add a blog feature to this site).

CAVEAT to Readers:  All of my observations (a/k/a essays) are simply reflections on lessons that life has taught me, which I here pass along to my loved ones and others who choose to read them, in the hopes of helping someone.  I make no claim to prescience, wisdom or mastery of any of these life-lesssons.  They simply reflect observations of what I perceive to be truths and goals to which I aspire.  Now, let us leap into the breach of Observations.