Oklahoma City and surrounding communities were struck by multiple tornadoes Friday night, killing nine people. This was only 11 days after an EF-5 tornado hit Moore (a southern suburb of OKC). We were in northeast Oklahoma, a long way from the tornadoes that made the news, for my father’s funeral. But our county too had three tornadoes. The funeral was in the morning, but that night the tornado sirens went off three times and we had to scramble to find shelter. [Read more…]
How I dreaded the “visitation.” Having to see my father’s dead body. Having to meet and greet well-wishers while being in a highly emotional state. What a horrible ordeal this is going to be, I thought. And yet, the visitation on Thursday night was strangely healing. I’m not sure why, but it was. I do have some ideas, though. [Read more…]
If a dog is killed through someone’s negligence, is the owner entitled to compensation for just the monetary value of the animal (usually not much) or also for the “sentimental value” that come from the owner’s emotional attachment to the pet? After all, family heirlooms–such as your grandfather’s watch or a piece of jewelry that has been handed down from generation to generation–can have a claimed value greater than the material cost. Why not a family pet?
The Texas Supreme Court just ruled on this matter. What do you think it ruled? What do you think it should have ruled? Think about that, then after the jump read about the court’s decision and George Will’s account of the case. Do you agree with what he says about it? [Read more…]
A new Pew study has found that women are the main breadwinners in 40% of American households. Much of this is due to the rise in single-mothers, but an increasing number of wives just earn more than their husbands. Read the details after the jump and contemplate the cultural implications. [Read more…]