Death and taxes

Living forever sounds like a full-time job to me, and doesn’t seem to include the orange juice and a half a bag of Ruffles® I had for breakfast.

Benjamin Franklin said, “The only things certain in life are death and taxes.” If you believe Ray Kurzweil, the modern-day Thomas Edison, by the end of the 21st century Franklin’s adage may have to be altered to read, “The only thing certain in life is taxes.”

Kurzeweil, a proponent of the coming singularity–a technological “event horizon,” of sorts, in which we mere humans will be able to augment our bodies and minds with a cocktail that includes genetics, nanotechnology, and robotics resulting in the emergence of greater-than-human super-intelligence–teamed up with Terry Grossman, M.D. to devise a prescription to halt the aging process so we can all be around (barring being hit by a meteor) in mid-century when our evolution is expected to take a giant leap forward. Here’s what these two suggest in their book, “Transcend”: Continue reading “Death and taxes”

The road to Prosperity

“History is a man-made thing. It’s about the human experience. It’s about how our own consciousness connects with a structure and imbeds there. I’ve always known that the essence of place is just as powerful as the intention that went into building it.”

Click here to read the second in the series by Patra Taylor on Preservation South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces project.

You can help save South Carolina’s endangered rural churches and temples. Visit Preservation South Carolina to make a contribution. Or click here to check out author/photographer Bill Fitzpatrick’s book tour schedule or to order your copy of “South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces.”

Eliza Lucas Pinckney lives!

“A people who mean to be their own governors,” said Eliza Lucas Pinckney, “must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

Charleston is abuzz with sightings of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, the first woman to be inducted into the South Carolina Business Hall of Fame. At the age of 16,  Pinckney, took over the management of Wappoo Plantation and her family’s other two agricultural properties in 1739. Through her extensive knowledge of botany, she went on to develop indigo as one of South Carolina’s most important cash crops, revolutionizing the colonial economy prior to the Revolutionary War, and forever preserving her place in American history.

The burning question is, how has Pinckney suddenly reappeared on the streets and private gardens and intimate salons of Charleston, South Carolina? The answer is easy…through the genius of Christy Pleasant.

Click here to read all about it.

In defense of the Pied Piper

No bodies, no weapons, no witnesses and no forensic evidence of the children’s demise was ever found. I rest my case. Now maybe the decades of libel and slander against the hardworking flautist for crimes he did not commit can finally be put to rest.

A simple rat exterminator or diabolical kidnapper? Click here to find out the truth about the Pied Piper of Hamelin.