A State of Mind

A STATE OF MIND: John Barleycorn Must Live!

A STATE OF MIND: John Barleycorn Must Live!

By Larry Floersch I just saw an item in my favorite science magazine that global barley crop yields could drop by 17 percent in this century. According to the article, barley is particularly sensitive to warmer temperatures and drought, which are likely to increase because of global warming. The decline in yields could lead to […]

A STATE OF MIND: Night of the Marauding M. musculus

By Larry Floersch So, I was sitting there the other day contemplating the existential implications of Søren Kierkegaard’s magnum opus Either/Or when I heard a news report on TV that the mouse population is booming this year. That caught my attention. I consider one mouse in my house to be a population boom. The thought […]

A STATE OF MIND: Everything’Snot What It Appears!

A STATE OF MIND: Everything’Snot What It Appears!

by Larry Floersch Okay. I’ve seen all those photos of the royal children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. And they would be adorable children if they were real. But they are not. I know this because all children in that age range have one feature in common that the designers of these audioanimatronic […]

A STATE OF MIND: Exaggeration of Olympic Proportions?

A STATE OF MIND: Exaggeration of Olympic Proportions?

by Larry Floersch As a journalist, I’ve been trained to recognize hyperbole, and by that I mean exaggerated exaggeration, when it raises its huge, ugly head and looms over us like one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons. Lately I’ve been alarmed by all the hyperbole that is seeping into web news headlines. If it keeps up, […]

Did NCIS Lead to TMI?

Did NCIS Lead to TMI?

by Larry Floersch I’m starting to understand why some folks tend to eat dinner at four o’clock in the afternoon. I know what you’re thinking, and it’s not just because of early-bird, all-you-can-eat buffets, especially if they involve barbequed peel-and-eat shrimp and beer, although those can be interesting, We don’t tend to have enough of […]

A STATE OF MIND: Moving Right Along?

by Larry Floersch I am here to say we need more food movements. Now I know what you’re thinking, “But Lare, don’t we have enough food movements already? Like the Farm-to-Table Movement and the Slow Food Movement?” First of all, the Farm-to-Table Movement should not be confused with the Slow Food Movement, which is similar to […]

A STATE OF MIND: GSTV!

A STATE OF MIND: GSTV!

by Larry Floersch Since the time it was invented, some folks have complained about how television is ruining human civilization. It was over 50 years ago that Newton Minow called TV a “vast wasteland.” OF COURSE it looked like a vast wasteland to Minow! He was a fish. And he was probably angry because “Sea […]

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: The Great Migration

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: The Great Migration

by Larry Floersch I hate to fly in the face of science, what with it being assaulted by the current administration to the point that scientists have had to leave their labs and take to the streets in protest, but Florida is not sinking because of global warming and rising sea levels. Now I know […]

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: The Land of the Mouse

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: The Land of the Mouse

by Larry Floersch You may have seen those bumper stickers that declare “All Roads Lead to Adamant!” There is no Adamant in Florida, but there is an Orlando, and it seems almost impossible to drive near Orlando without getting sucked into it. The sole reason for this is to make you go to Disney World, […]

A STATE OF MIND: On the Road: (F)LA Law

by Larry Floersch So I was lying awake the other night thinking about that whole red-shift/blue-shift thing in the curvilinear four-dimensional space-time continuum when it dawned on me that Vermont must not have enough attorneys. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “But Lare, you didn’t have to ponder Minkowski spacetime to figure that out. You […]