According to a Timex survey conducted last year, Americans spend an average of 32 minutes waiting each time they visit the doctor. We spend 28 minutes waiting in security lines at the airport, and almost as long (21 minutes) waiting for our significant other to get ready for an evening out. We spend 13 hours … Continue reading While You Wait…
It was 1903 and French scientist Edouard Benedictus, reaching across his desk, accidentally knocked over a flask. It was empty, but the glass bottle fell to the floor shattered. Rather than breaking into thousands of jagged pieces though, this flask kept its form. It was broken, but retained its shape. Upon further investigation, Benedictus discovered … Continue reading Failing Forward
The 2018 Tour de France concluded yesterday. The multi-stage race, first held in 1903, always promises tons of drama and this year’s event didn’t disappoint. From tear-gassing by police to fisticuffs between riders, there were enough headlines to interest even non-race fans. But in the midst of so much news, there’s one story you might … Continue reading In It to Win It
For the past several years, I’ve taken a week of vacation in July to attend Boy Scout Troop 157’s Summer Camp in Ardmore Oklahoma. Both of my sons earned the rank of Eagle Scout as part of this troop and I have many friendships that began as a result of my involvement. Over the years … Continue reading Feature Presentation
Last year, scientists in Seoul, South Korea, approached Vanesa Semler of Dorado, Puerto Rico with an odd request. They wanted to know if they could clone her dog. Semler’s furry friend Milly is very small, even for a Chihuahua. In fact, “Miracle Milly” holds the distinction of being the world’s smallest dog by height. According … Continue reading Desirable DNA
This weekend I attended the wedding of one of one of my son’s best friends. It was a simple ceremony but there were a lot of emotions on display; as is the case with any wedding. And like all weddings there was a recitation of vows followed by the exchange of rings – the tangible … Continue reading A Matter of Commitment
My name is Scott Voland. It was given to me by my parents and forms the core of my identity. At the same time, I acquired other names - son, grandson, cousin. In time, I also became known as brother, schoolmate, and friend. Over the years, I’ve added other names; other identities. Some were the … Continue reading Who Do You Think You Are?