Ron Holzwarth (RonHolzwarth)

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Faith Forum: Why do you think so many young people are more comfortable now identifying as non-religious?

There is a great deal of difference between spirituality and religious belief. Attempting to define that difference would be very lengthy. And, that distinction would be understood by very few.

Just for a simple example, there is at least one person that thinks that ancient fossils disproves the existence of the Deity. How one can make that stretch defies my imagination. Albert Einstein was in the same situation. There is no relationship at all between the two, although a rigid fundamentalist interpretation of ancient texts that were written for a people thousands of years ago might lend credence to such a thought, if thought about uncritically. For a while, I studied with the Jehovah's Witnesses, and that is exactly what they believe. Not that there is anything wrong with them, some of the finest people I have ever met were Jehovah's Witnesses.

Spirituality, very broadly defined, is the belief that there is more to life than is readily apparent, and that spiritual growth is what is important to us now. Exactly why is not going to be apparent to us during this part of our existence.

If anyone has trouble with that concept, perhaps they should rush out and explain to the physicists exactly what dark matter and dark energy is, and where it is. That question has not been answered by physicists, and they can offer no explanation at all, other than it is right in front of us, and that matter composed of atoms and molecules composes far less than 10% of all that exists.

So, perhaps the enlightened ones among us can finish up their PhDs in Physics, and teach the rest of us something. If they think they might have trouble finishing up their doctorates in Physics, maybe they should not push their uneducated agendas upon the rest of us.

June 8, 2014 at 2:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faith Forum: Why do you think so many young people are more comfortable now identifying as non-religious?

If you read the above closely, you will learn that it was written by a Jewish person. The concept of "Hell" in the Christian sense is not ever mentioned at all in the Tanakh or in the Talmud, it was a new thing when the New Testament was written, hence it has no part in Jewish belief.

And you mentioned "Jesus Christ," and also mentioned that He is the "son of G-d." Again, that is not part of Jewish thought or belief.

The more your comment has to do with the article that you are commenting on, the more rational it is, as a general rule. And yours was sadly lacking in that regard.

You also noted that "It's really easy when you are young to see mental illness or sickness quickly."

On that point, you do have an valid observation. Young people very often think they know everything.

June 8, 2014 at 2:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Off the Beaten Plate: Bloomin’ Bloody Mary at Dempsey’s

It's not being billed as a bargain. It's the panache that's being sold.

August 8, 2013 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The java experiment: Downtown resident opens Alchemy Coffee at 19th and Massachusetts

He needs a whole lot of money to do that, working as a patent attorney is one of the highest paying jobs around. And all it takes is one demonstration of prior art, and your patent is worthless. At that point, the only thing you have accomplished is to publish your plans for the whole world to copy, at enormous expense to yourself. The number of patents that actually earn any money for the inventor is laughably small.

Your best bet is to use your own ideas in your own business, and earn as much money as you possibly can.

It's a very common scam to offer to patent your idea so you can earn some money off of it, and it's legal. The vast majority of companies in that field have never had a single person earn a dime off their "invention", after paying a few thousand dollars for "attorney's fees" and "promotional expenses".

Another thing that many do not seem to be aware of is that a patent does NOT prevent anyone from copying your idea. The only thing a patent gives you is the right to sue someone that you think is infringing your patent. And, to do that, you need to hire a lawyer, again. And if it's a big company you're trying to sue, you could find your single lawyer is facing a legal team of 25 to 50 lawyers poring over thousands of old documents, trying to find something similar to the idea that you are trying to defend. And if one of them finds a single thing that is somewhat similar, you lose.

I heard bits and pieces, accompanied with laughter, about a man who thought he had an invention that would change the world. He had invented a jar opener, and then he found a company that would promote it for him. He borrowed money from family and friends, as I understand it, the total was thousands of dollars. Time passed, and it turned out that he lost all his money, his family's money, and his friend's money. Never got a dime out of it.

And every once in a while I see a jar opener advertised for sale, and I have to laugh. Even if he had been successful, a patent is only good for 17 years anyway.

May 28, 2013 at 4:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What’s so awful about offal?

I've been told dog meat tacos are popular in Mexico. Was I misled?

October 11, 2012 at 6 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hall of Fame: Liberty Hall celebrates a century of bringing community together

This is one of my "Guilty!" memories of The Submarine: I was working behind the counter when a man came walking in, and said this, "Is there a bar around here? I need a drink! See, I've got the shakes!"

He held his hand up so I could see that yes, his hand was trembling. This was in the days of the club memberships and liquor cards, so he couldn't drink at the Seventh Spirit unless he was a member's guest. So, I picked up the phone and called the bartender. I told him there would be a man coming downstairs, he was my guest, and he could use my liquor card.

Then I pointed to the door of the stairs, and told him, "There's a bar down there, at the bottom of the stairs." The man thanked me, went through that door, and I never saw him again.

A few minutes later, another man came into The Submarine. He asked me if I had seen a man fitting the description of the man that was my guest at the Seventh Spirit. He explained that he was that man's Alcoholic's Anonymous sponsor, and he was keeping an eye on him to make sure he didn't drink.

It was too late! And I said to him, "No, I don't remember anyone like that." Then he went out to look for that man somewhere else.

Do you think I'm going to end up in Hell because of that?

June 17, 2012 at 7:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hall of Fame: Liberty Hall celebrates a century of bringing community together

You get a copy of that interview with the filmmakers and cast if you buy the DVD of 'Carnival of Souls'. This is a list of what you get:

Disc One: The Original Theatrical Version

New digital transfer of the original theatrical version

The Movie That Wouldn’t Die! The Story of 'Carnival of Souls': a documentary on the 1989 reunion of the cast and crew

More than 45 minutes of rare outtakes accompanied by Gene Moore’s organ score

Theatrical trailer

An illustrated history of the Saltair resort in Salt Lake City

The Carnival Tour: a video update on the film’s locations

English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Disc Two: The Extended Director's Cut

Selected audio commentary by screenwriter John Clifford and late director Herk Harvey

One hour of excerpts from films made by the Centron Corporation, an industrial film company based in Lawrence, Kansas that employed Harvey and Clifford for over thirty years

An essay on the history of Centron from Ken Smith’s Mental Hygiene

Printed interviews with Harvey, Clifford, and star Candace Hilligoss, illustrated with vintage photos and memorabilia

English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired

Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

June 17, 2012 at 3:05 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Hall of Fame: Liberty Hall celebrates a century of bringing community together

I sure do remember the bleak days that the Opera House went through in the very late 1970s after Bugsy's, the nightclub with the dance floor made of Plexiglass lit from beneath with different colors, had closed. Bugsy's was only open about seven months, and the story went around that the owner's brother had absconded with the contents of the cash till, and that is why they closed. I do not know if that was true or not, but that was the story that went around.

There used to be a small restaurant, The Submarine, in part of the building on the south part of the Opera House, and I was working there when Bugsy's opened. It was located where the ticket office for the Opera House is now.

We already had a stairwell that led down to the Seventh Spirit, and then a hole was punched through the east wall so we could sell food to the patrons of Bugsy's. I was only in Bugsy's once, and I was in the drinking establishment that was there just prior only a very few times, and I don't remember what it was called. For me, it was not a place for recreation, it was where I worked.

The Submarine has a very large role in my memories. Very early in February of 1976, on a Sunday, I was instructed to train the new employee. Sunday was the day selected for her training because it was a slow day, and we were only open about six hours. That was the day I met the woman who put herself and me into quite a situation some years later, on January 19, 1986. Sometimes it's difficult for me to believe I knew her that long before she did that.

After I had quit working at The Submarine, the bleak and dreary days for the Opera House began. The whole place had been painted black for use as Bugsy's, a rumor went around that the owner of the building was having financial difficulties, and the future of the building looked hopeless.

I was inside the building a few times back then. A former roommate and friend of mine was living in what is now the whole Opera House. His bedroom was way up high, in what is now the projector room, and he had a white cat for company. His white cat sure showed well in the place, since the whole place was painted black, and I remember thinking that he had the roomiest apartment I had ever seen, since he had the whole Opera House to live in. And, he lived there rent free as a fringe benefit of working there in some capacity. I don't remember for sure, but I think at the time he was the manager of the Seventh Spirit. I do know for a fact that he had been, and also was at the time, a bartender there.

Quite a few events happened at the Opera House back then that I will certainly never forget, and I have told only a very few trusted friends about them. They sure were interesting things, though!

The Opera House is such a beautiful building, it has so much history behind it, and now it's restored to its former grandeur, which I certainly never did see when I worked there. I hope its there in it's beautiful state for many more decades.

June 17, 2012 at 2:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What books are on your to-read list this year?

P.S. Don't ask to borrow my copy of 'Today is Tonight'. I never loan out the first printing of the first edition of any of my books!

Besides, right now you can buy your own copy on ebay for $3.19 + $2.41 shipping. But it's a paperback book, and not a first edition.

January 6, 2012 at 12:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )