Atomic Clock in the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

“What time is it?” One of the most asked questions in the world. For some people like me, just knowing what time it seems like an obsession. I’m not really sure when it started or why. I remember as far back as first grade, watching the clock as lunchtime closed in, wondering if my teacher would forget to dismiss us in time. It would continue through high school and college as I watched the clock to see how much longer class would last, even if it was a class that I loved.

Clocks and timepieces are everywhere. We have them…


In November of 1989, I was in a car accident that at the time didn’t seem that bad. I went about my business that evening but three days later limped into the emergency room of a local hospital where I was chastised by the doctor for not coming in immediately. It seems that the swelling from a sprained spinal column would now take months instead of days to heal. If only that had been the end of it.

During the next three months, everyone I knew who had ever had a car accident or injured his back told me about…


I am epileptic and have had a VNS implant for almost ten years. It has greatly reduced my number of seizures. One thing that was amazing to learn when getting it was that it may also help with my depression, which I was also being treated for.

Reading this article opened my eyes to so many other things that the vagus nerve is connected to that I previously did not know.


“Mom, I know that I told you to get me a new phone for Christmas so you better be getting me the iPhone 12! I’m not going to be stuck with this old phone when I’m out with my friends!” It wasn’t a comment about what Toby wanted for Christmas. It wasn’t a wish. It was a demand. An expectation. Toby’s father, Tobias Stevenson, III, Esq., was the senior partner in a large law firm in San Fransisco and was not only well known for his success rate in court but was also one of the wealthiest men in the…


Ever since I can remember, music has been important to me. Granted, my taste in what I deemed “good” or even “tolerable” has changed and there are times when it shocks me to hear a song from my youth that was popular only to wonder, “Why on earth did anyone ever listen to that? Better yet, who thought it was worth even recording?” But I digress. This isn’t about musical tastes, mine or anyone else's.

The older I get the more I realize that there are more sounds that are recognizable to me that feed me information about life around…


Born with a Purpose

It had been a day like any other day. I was two years old now and had been living with my brother who was also my playmate and bedmate. We had been inseparable and I couldn’t imagine life without him. Admittedly, my first year had been very difficult. It was lonely at times. My mother did what she could to care for me as much as she could, particularly because of my lame foot which made it difficult for me to walk. My father never said anything but somehow he actually seemed relieved that I was…

James Dakis

Minister, Chaplain, Writer

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