Monthly Archives: November 2013

Book Review: The Passion Of The Western Mind

The Passion Of The Western Mind: Understanding The Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View, by Richard Tarnas My main motivation for reading this book, despite the mixed to adverse review of the person who loaned it to me, was … Continue reading

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Die Gute Dieb

Despite the fact that societies have always tried to portray a great deal of respect for property, even in those realms where there were technically no property rights except for those in control of the state (like Communist states), there … Continue reading

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Dignitas In Extremis

Not too long ago, I was told that I would really like the film “Twelve Years A Slave” by a friend of mine who is also the head coach of the volleyball team I help out with. Within the last … Continue reading

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Why Do They Always Run?

As I have commented on before [1], I have a great love of the television show Cops. One of the more curious matters that one finds on the show often is that people run a lot, and it seldom does … Continue reading

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A Crisis Of Gratitude: On The Confluence Of Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, and Predatory Commercialism

I would like to freely admit at the outset that I do not consider myself necessarily competent to speak rapturously about the subject of gratitude. Having attempted (with fair success) to find something every day to be grateful for (and … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Story

About a quarter of a century ago, on the day before Thanksgiving when I was a fourth-grader, I got a retainer. As a fairly nerdy kid already, I did not figure a retainer added at all to what limited social … Continue reading

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A Tattered Line Of String

As a person whose life straddles some major tensions and divides, I often tend to ponder the nature of those tensions and why I happen to be on both sides of the divide, trying to hold the two sides together … Continue reading

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I Believe We Place Our Happiness In Other People’s Hands

One of the aspects of happiness that is particularly ironic and full of portentous tensions is the fact that while happiness, and the pursuit of happiness, is a matter of personal choice, in practice happiness is intricately related to other … Continue reading

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The Nose Knows

Often in life we only notice a particular matter when it is going wrong. For me, for whatever reason, my nose has long been the source of concern and observation based on the many and quirky ways that it has … Continue reading

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Remember Who The Real Enemy Is

Catching Fire was not a particularly easy book to read [1] and it ended abruptly. The movie itself hit many of the high notes of the book itself, capturing the lying and deception of Katniss and Peeta, along with the … Continue reading

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