In writing the Lexi Catt series about famous scientists who made significant contributions to the field of medicine, I had to make some tough choices. For example, I thought about writing the story of Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of the x-ray. But the trouble with that story was that the story ended with the discovery. Roentgen gave away the concept, which was generous of him, but he did not develop it himself. His story was short-lived. But i...

It is difficult to find fault with a civilization that existed for 5000 years under a polytheistic system that fostered broadminded attitudes. The ancient Egyptians respected more than 80 gods, and also respected an individual’s right to worship which one or ones he or she chose. If a person invented a new god, that was okay too. This was a society that practiced religious freedom. However, one man defied the system. He invented his own god. A...

There was no rain here for over 100 days. There are 249 fires burning in our province as we reach the end of our summer. I have personally never experienced a drought. It’s scary. The area where I live is required to observe measures of water conservation – rules that are imposed on everyone. My household are doing their best to conserve and comply with the water restrictions. It gives me pause to think about how much society in we...

Imhotep, the Original Genius of Geniuses
Books , Imhotep / November 2, 2015

In writing the Lexi Catt series about famous scientists who made significant contributions to the field of medicine, I had to make some tough choices. For example, I thought about writing the story of Wilhelm Roentgen’s discovery of the x-ray. But the trouble with that story was that the story ended with the discovery. Roentgen gave away the concept, which was generous of him, but he did not develop it himself. His story was short-li...

Religious Freedom is Vital 
Books , Imhotep / October 27, 2015

It is difficult to find fault with a civilization that existed for 5000 years under a polytheistic system that fostered broadminded attitudes. The ancient Egyptians respected more than 80 gods, and also respected an individual’s right to worship which one or ones he or she chose. If a person invented a new god, that was okay too. This was a society that practiced religious freedom. However, one man defied the system. He invented his ...

Water – the source of life
Imhotep / September 8, 2015

There was no rain here for over 100 days. There are 249 fires burning in our province as we reach the end of our summer. I have personally never experienced a drought. It’s scary. The area where I live is required to observe measures of water conservation – rules that are imposed on everyone. My household are doing their best to conserve and comply with the water restrictions. It gives me pause to think about how much soc...

The 1914 Christmas Truce of World War I
Books , Marie Curie / June 7, 2015

The 1914 Christmas Truce of World War I was a spontaneous event initiated by the soldiers themselves. Truces today are ordered from military and political authorities and are very brittle as some factions use them to bring about an advantage for their purpose. I remember Marie Curie’s words: “ It’s hard to think that after so many centuries of development, the human race still doesn’t know how to resolve difficulties in any way excep...

The Soar of Technology before WW1
Books , Joseph Lister / June 5, 2015

Two of my stories took place during the Victorian/Edwardian era (1865–1914). It was a time of political unrest in Europe with anarchists stirring the pot with assassinations. Some countries’ leaders wanted war to expand their powers. Reading about that era in Barbara Tuchman’s “The Proud Tower” made me think that if war had broken out before 1890 it might have been much less gruesome than the First World War turned out to be. A...