Sunday, May 1, 2022


REVIEW OF HALLOWMAS BY JAN R - "4.7 stars for short story Hallowmas - Very nice short story, leads you along the believable storyline while filling in the background with all the expected scary trappings. Too short for the characters to develop very much, but every possible terror that could happen is pointed out.jOin the fun [SIC]".

Sunday, April 10, 2022


REVIEW OF THE MERCHANDISER BY JEAN-CHARLES G – “It was my first attempt at a novel from Chad Schimke, who is here is describing the developments of Thanksgiving / Christmas decorating adventure of Fred. The novel although short is well written with an atmosphere to it even if not Christmas like the whole story along…. with an interesting twist, it is pleasant to read even for me not a real fan of short stories [SIC].” 

Sunday, March 27, 2022


REVIEW OF VIVIFIED BY BILL - “A short feel good story [SIC] of a divorced businessman who had little time for his wife (now ex-wife) and daughter. He learns about what is really important.”

Saturday, March 12, 2022


DNA reveals biggest-ever human family tree, dating back 100,000 years
An excerpt taken from the CNN article by Jack Guy, dated February 24, 2022
“Researchers have used genetics to create the largest human family tree ever made, allowing individuals to find out who their distant ancestors were and where they lived, as well as exactly how they are related to everyone alive today… anyone with access to their own genetic information can work out when their ancestors moved to a particular place, and why they have certain genes. "Simply put, what we did was we created the largest human family tree ever," Wohns said. Anthony Wilder Wohns, is a lead author and postdoctoral researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. "We have a single genealogy that traces the ancestry of all of humanity, and shows how we're all related to each other today… It's basically understanding the entire story of human history that's written in our genes."”

Largest human family tree ever created

Sunday, March 6, 2022



REVIEW OF VIVIFIED BY MGB's REVIEWS - “This short story reminds you of what is important in life. His life was becoming a train wreck, when a real one changed it for the better.”

Sunday, February 20, 2022


REVIEW OF HALLOWMAS BY MARIA J – “Quick Scare- 5.0 out of 5 stars.  I absolutely love this quick read of scary possibilities!”

Friday, February 11, 2022


EVOLUTION OF EXPLORATION -The first human explorers walked out of Africa, spreading to neighboring continents. Populations eventually reached Asia, and crossed a land bridge from Siberia to Alaska. We know this because there is a single woman, a common ancestor of all living humans. Everyone alive today carries a little piece of her in our mitochondria. 

In Asia, humans living on the steppes tamed wild horses, eventually domesticating them sufficiently to ride on horseback. This took a considerable amount of nurturing, across multiple generations. Meanwhile, American migrations spread on foot, to Peru and beyond. Where the Inca used their vast road system for runners and llama caravans. To the north, Puebloan networks stretched from Teotihuacan to the Pacific. While the Mississippians lived in vast population centered around the river. Vikings from Europe first arrived on North America, by crossing the Atlantic in a rowboat. Much can be said about the devastation to native populations unleashed by later European migrations, a topic that will be deferred to a later article. 

Regardless of the hemisphere humans inhabited, animal husbandry was integral to developing farms, and later, residential settlements. New frontiers meant new modes travel. Use of the horse drawn wagon made traveling overland, for greater distances, possible for the first time, more so than was feasible, compared to walking alone. Travel by water took many forms: from the first canoe, to rowboats, and sailboats. Greater scientific advancements brought an ability to travel further, often using astronomical charts to navigate the open oceans. 

Engineers of the Industrial Revolution followed this feat with the steam powered engine - running ocean liners and locomotives all over the globe. The first automobile wasn’t far off, when most working class folks could still afford to buy a car. The time span between the first airplane flight and landing on the moon comes in at a mere 65 years. My "Evolution of Flight" article describes the period from the first hot air balloon to present. 

The space race begins when the Soviets send out Sputnik 1, the first space probe. A slew of increasingly advanced probes since, have traveled as far as 486958 Arrokoth, a Kuiper belt object. It is the most distant object ever explored in our solar system at the time of this writing. The Hubble Space Telescope has been imaging galaxies as distant as 13 billion years away since 1990. The Space Shuttle program ran it’s course, and the International Space Station is aging. It will be re-orbited at some point in the future, to avoid an uncontrolled crash and burn. The Mars Ingenuity Helicopter made the first controlled flight on another world last year, in 2021. 

Today, the James Webb Space Telescope orbits at Lagrange point 2, about 1 million miles away, on the dark side of the moon. It's first published image, a mosaic created over 25 hours, was taken in the early stages of aligning the telescope's 18 mirrors. There is a tangible possibility Webb can detect the signature of life on distant planets far afield in the Milky Way. With discoveries of water ice on both Mars and the Moon, there will certainly be more surface missions, and most likely, new settlements. A new age of exploration in human history has begin, all over again.

Sunday, February 6, 2022


REVIEW OF VIVIFIED BY TERI R – “An interesting, thought provoking [SIC] short story. 5.0 out of 5 stars.”