e-nig-ma (ĭ-nĭg-mə) One that is puzzling or inexplicable. Not only would that describe me... but it would describe almost anyone. Can you look me in the eye and tell me that you know what is going on behind it? Or behind the eyes of any person?

I've put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that's the only way of insuring one's immortality. ~ James Joyce, Irish novelist, 1882-1941

Perhaps Joyce has the way of it. It has certainly kept people guessing about some of the most famous religious... I mean... enigmatic people to ever walk among us.

What puzzles me


No, seriously. You can spend a moment or an eon looking at something, and never truely fully comprehend it.

Don't believe me? Let's take an example of a flower. How much beauty is contained in a single flower and why is it that people find them beautiful? Can you understand how it works? The biologist might argue that you can. Ask the chemist though, and he'll look closer for the specific reactions that trigger each step of development from seed to bloom. Ask the physicist and and he'll look at the molecules, how they are held together... a riddle which science still hasn't quite unified. Upon each examination at a closer level, something more is there to be known, but then again, the mystery of how a girl can look so beautiful when she puts it behind her ear still amazes me.

This isn't to say that I don't have a lot figured out... I just haven't stopped learning yet.

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, co-operate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. ~ Robert Heinlein, American science fiction author, 1907-1988

I'm still working on a few of those but I think Mr. Heinlein had a point.

50 Things To Do Before I Die

One of the best tools I've ever found to help me keep my life on track, is to sit down periodically and write out all the things I do in a week. Then, I compare them to my 50 Things list. If they don't match to at least something, I get stop doing them and find something new I should do during that time instead.

Some of the 50 Things I already did