Saturday, May 30, 2015


A recent trip to the bookstore and a poster for some book called Peanut Butter and Cupcake led Diane to remark that they just keep making books! It made us wonder how there could continue to be a market for these arrangements of words on paper.

I then reminded her of what King Solomon wrote some 3500 years ago; "...there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body." If that was the case then, imagine what he would feel now, with 3500 years more worth of books in the mix.

That being said, here are a few I have pulled off that stack to look at in the last few months:


Thursday, May 28, 2015


A little too late to help this man out, but yesterday, Nebraska's Unicameral (the only one body legislature around) voted to repeal the death penalty.

Had they done so some 47 years ago, perhaps this fellow would still be hanging around.

Charlie Starkweather, accompanied by his 14 year old girlfriend, killed eleven people, including his girlfriend's mother, stepfather and little sister, in a spree that ended when they were finally caught in Wyoming. Charlie gave up after he was cut by glass and convinced himself that he would bleed out if he didn't get help.

A little over a year later, he was executed by the electric chair in Nebraska.

On a side note, Charlie's girlfriend,  Caril Ann Fugate, went to school with my mother. My mom remembers Caril and I think she knew her family too. We will have to ask her.

For more information about the tallest Capitol building in the U.S and the country's only unicameral government, head over here: Nebraska's Capitol

 For more info about Charlie and Caril, and their gruesome killing spree, head over to the Wyoming history page here: Charles Starkweather