UPDATE: Kneecap Healing, If Not Quite Fast Enough For Yours Truly

A number of folks have inquired about the status of my recovery from the shattered kneecap I suffered back in February, so tonight seems like a good time to provide an update.

Essentially, everything is on schedule as expected. I started physical therapy a couple of weeks ago and have gone from about 50 degrees of motion a few days after surgery to 90 degrees a few days ago. There’s significantly less scar tissue on the healing incision, too.

Lots of exercises to do and a good bit of learning about the amazing anatomy of the human knee as well. Unfortunately, the doc —Dr. Scott Adams of Orthopedic Associates of Central Maryland, a great sports doctor who could also make a fortune doing standup comedy — says I still have to wear the brace that immobilizes the knee for a few more weeks. He was not joking on that one!

Thank you for all the kind notes and, especially, for the prayers.

Here’s The Big Bang Explained In 10 Easy-To-Grasp Steps (Thank You, Denise Chow!)

I have no idea what, if any, spiritual views Denise Chow may hold, but she posted a remarkable post on space.com in 2011 in which she describes the history of the universe from the Big Bang to Now.

No, I’m not making this up. Some of the specific details may have been updated and become better understood since Chow put this piece together but it remains one of the most accessible explanations of the subject I’ve come across anywhere. Definitely worth the read. Go here.

Photo above by Felix Mittermeier on Unsplash.

Five Biggest Staff Problems That Hurt Congress and America

One of the first things done by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after taking control of the big gavel was to appoint the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress to recommend measures to bring the First Branch into the 21st Century of organizational management.

In its first hearing, the modernization committee heard testimony from 30 members representing both sides of the aisle, including Rep. Kathleen Clarke (D-Mass.) who provided a concise assessment of worrisome staffing trends:

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Eight VIP Things You Should Know About Working On The Hill

Patricia Murphy covers national politics for the Daily Beast and is a former Hill staffer, most recently working as communications director for then-Sen. Max Cleland (D-Ga.) from 2001 to 2003.

Murphy also writes a column for Roll Call and has a great piece today there based on her interviews with a number of present and former Hill staffers responding to the question of things they wish they had known when they worked on the Senate or House side.

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Is The Human Brain Just A Fallible Machine?

Dr. Rosalind Picard is founder and director of MIT’s Affective Computing Research Group. She is also a professing Christian who was raised in a secular home.

Dr. Shahram Koshbin is a Harvard neurology professor from Iran whose mother was Jewish and whose father was of the Bahai faith. He wonders  whether religiosity is the same thing as faith.

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Who Created God? Oxford’s John Lennox Responds To Richard Dawkins

What are the most difficult questions to answer? Solid candidates are those which by virtue of how they are posed eliminate the only logical and correct answers.

Who created God is one such question that is invariably heard when two or more intelligent people begin talking about the most important issues in life.

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Oxford Mathematician Explains Why He’s A Follower Of Jesus

Only stupid or insecure or misguided people become followers of Jesus, right? That is an attitude one inevitably encounters while working for a U.S. senator or representative.

But then there is Professor John Lennox, the Irish mathematician from Oxford university, who not only is incredibly intelligent but also among the world’s most effective apologists for Christianity.

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Think Like A Detective: What About The Contradictions In The Four Gospels?

There is likely no greater mistake when working on Capitol Hill than including a contradiction of logic or fact in a one-pager making the case for a legislative proposal, composing a position paper on a bill scheduled for a vote on the floor, or drafting remarks for your boss when she speaks to an important group this weekend back home in the district.

There are people working for Congress who eat, sleep and live detecting, exposing and criticizing contradictions among political opponents, as well as journalists, lobbyists and talking heads doing the same, so it’s no wonder aides to senators and representatives tend to be hyper-sensitive about consistency.

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How Do We Know The ‘First Cause’ Is The Christian God?

Most people when they think about it can agree there has to be a First Cause — or the Uncaused Cause — to explain the existence of the universe, including the Earth, time, men and women, etc.

But how do we know this First Cause is the God named in the Christian scriptures? Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org is asked that extremely relevant question by a student who also asks a bunch of additional questions. It makes for a great five minute discussion:


What About The Evidence For Other Religions Besides Christianity? Or Is There Any?

With the explosion of scientific, historical, logical and archeological based apologetics on behalf of the truth of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the question must be asked about the evidence for other religions besides Christianity.

What about the evidence for the validity of Judaism, Hinduism or Islam? Isn’t it logically necessary to do a thorough investigation of the evidence for each of the world’s major faiths before deciding which one is right for you? That is a great question, according to Dr. Frank Turek of cross-examined.org.

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Guy Is Swallowed By Whale And Survives. You Doubted The Bible And Jonah?

South African diver Rainer Schimpf shares something with the biblical Jonah that few, if any, other people ever have — Schimpf was swallowed whole by a huge whale, then spit out, and lived to tell about it.

In fact, it was all caught on video. Faithwire has this incredible story, via Barcroft Animals.

Did You Hear The News? ‘Discovery Of Intron Functionality Interrupts Evolutionary Paradigm.’ You Gotta Read This!

For folks who aren’t biochemists, the headline above likely makes no sense, but Reasons To Believe’s Fazale Rana, who is a biochemist, is also a solid write who knows how to make complexity understandable.

That’s fortunate for the rest of us because there is huge news on the biochemistry front that sounds like a potential paradigm shifter for our understanding of DNA.

It all has to do with interruptions. You know, that irritating legislative director in Rayburn or the haughty communications director over on the Senate side who won’t let you finish a sentence without interrupting you. And that has immense implications for the evolution vs. creation debate.

Want to hear more?

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She Asked If She’s Going To Hell When She Dies. How Would You Answer?

For all of our knowledge, there remains no definitive, testable, repeatable scientific answer to the question every person who ever lived asked themselves at least once: What happens to me after I die?

Science deals with the material world, cause and effect, the repeatedly demonstrable. But death, at least as far as we know from common human experience, is always and everywhere a one-way ticket (yes, I know there are folks who claim to have died and come back with vivid – but unverifiable- reports of what Heaven is like).

(The photo above is courtesy of Madison Grooms of Unsplash.)

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Kneecaps Are Fragile! Where I’ve Been For The Past Week

Did you miss me? Probably not, but that’s okay. Just thought I would let you know why I’ve not been posting for the past week.  While shoveling snow February 20, I suddenly fell and landed directly on my left kneecap.

The kneecap was broken into four discreet pieces and required surgery to repair. The surgery was this past Monday, March 4, and went well. But I’ve been dealing with the usual pain and disruption of normal routines that come with a serious injury, surgery and recovery.

Busted kneecaps are not an easy recovery, apparently. I don’t know how long I will have to wear the leg brace you see in the accompanying photo, but I hope it’s not too long because, of course, now that I can’t, it’s driving me crazy not being able to bend my leg!

But starting Monday, I will be back posting. Hope you are having a great weekend. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward an hour tonight!