A Nickel on the Grass: The Real Story

Greek mythology states that the ferryman of Hades, Charon, requires payment of one coin to ferry a soul across the River Styx that separates the worlds of the living and the dead. Coins were typically placed in the mouths of loved ones before burial to ensure safe passage to the underworld. Over time this has…

On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs

In the 2014 movie American Sniper, there is an early scene at the dinner table where Chris Kyle’s father tells him that there are three kinds of people in the world: wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs. In a manner not unlike how Steven Spielberg’s 1975 Jaws re-introduced the world to the story of the USS Indianapolis…