In the Beginning

This is for my friend Nila who posted the first lines of some of her favorite books.


A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.

Dune by Frank Herbert

There is a similarity, if I may be permitted an excursion into tenuous metaphor, between the feel of a chilly breeze and the feel of a knife’s blade, as either is laid across the back of a neck.

Jhereg by Steven Brust

Bandits often lay in wait in the ruins of the old town at the four ways — Jenny Waynest thought there were three of them this morning.

Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly

Where Shadows dim with shadows mate

in caverns deep and dark,

where old books dream of bygone days

when they were wood and bark,

where diamonds from coal are born

and no birds ever sing,

that region is the dread domain

ruled by the shadow king.

The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers

Killashandra listened as the words dropped with leaden fatality into her frozen belly.

Crystal Singer by Anne Mccaffrey




Vestigial Brain

Is the brain half empty or half full?

This one is for the evolutionists and theologians to discuss, I take no sides but am interested in the views.  I have heard throughout my life that humans only use half of their brain capacity.  I found this interesting from an evolutionary standpoint today.  If evolution favors the better suited species, what purpose does a brain capacity twice what is needed serve, especially when the capacity cannot easily be accessed in cases of trauma to the head, which would indicate a backup system?  Did humans with half the brain capacity once exist but did not pan out in the evolutionary cycle?  Is the extra brain capacity a vestigial hold over from a time when we used all of our brains until evolution decided we did not need so much or is their another purpose to that unused potential?  Could the unused portion have significant bearing on religious teachings or higher states of being that might blur the lines between science and religion?  Basically, my question is this “how can either side completely ignore the other when such a significant question is unresolved?”  Do we have a big lump of vestigial brain matter inside our skulls or are there astounding mysteries to be explored yet?