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How to be happy

How to be happy

| April 2, 2007 | 4 Replies

I often jump at the chance to report on new well-written articles regarding happiness, especially when they are based upon science rather than mere anecdotes. Last year, I started a subscription to Scientific American Mind  It’s a well-written magazine that addresses lively and timely topics.  Be February-March 2007 issue contains an article entitled “Why It’s […]

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To fight global waming, live in a tiny house of only 4000 . . . oops . . . 40 sq ft!

To fight global waming, live in a tiny house of only 4000 . . . oops . . . 40 sq ft!

| April 2, 2007 | 4 Replies

I learned about tiny houses by reading the recent issue of Time Magazine, which featured 51 ideas for “making a difference” regarding global warming. Jay Shafer owns Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which designs tiny inhabitable houses.  His smallest model is a mind-cramping 40 square foot floorplan. On the other hand, the 240 sq foot models […]

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John McCain “freely” strolls through Bagdad market

John McCain “freely” strolls through Bagdad market

| April 2, 2007 | 2 Replies

This video just goes to show you how vigorously the GOP is spinning our “success” in Iraq.  Notice that McCain was wearing a bulletproof vest during his “stroll through the market.”  He also brought 100 soldiers and five helicopters to protect him while he “walked freely” through the market.

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Photo of Orangutan

Photo of Orangutan

| April 2, 2007 | 2 Replies

I photographed this older orangutan yesterday at the St. Louis Zoo.  He had moved slowly to this spot about 50 feet away from the glass, where he paused for several minutes and stared back at the humans who were staring at him. I was pondering whether this photo needed a caption, but I decided simply to post […]

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Sam Harris and Christian Pastor Rick Warren discuss religion

Sam Harris and Christian Pastor Rick Warren discuss religion

| April 1, 2007 | 16 Replies

You’ll find this in the current edition of Newsweek.  Here’s an excerpt regarding the source of morality in the absence of religion: WARREN:  Sam, what are the secular sources of an acceptable moral code?  HARRIS: Well, I don’t think that the religious books are the source. We go to the Bible and we are the […]

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“Star Trek: Bring it on!”  Bush and Cheney take command of a Starship

“Star Trek: Bring it on!” Bush and Cheney take command of a Starship

| March 31, 2007 | Reply

My daughters and I have started to watch some of the episodes from the Star Trek Voyager series on DVD.  We are not disappointed at all.  All of us are finding that the series contains well-written, thought-provoking, stories. Here is a topic that might seem unrelated to Star Trek:  According to a recent poll, 29% of […]

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Chief campaign strategist for George W. Bush:  “Kerry was right.”

Chief campaign strategist for George W. Bush: “Kerry was right.”

| March 31, 2007 | Reply

In 2004, Matthew was appointed the president’s chief campaign strategist.  According to a new article by the Washington Post, Dowd now says his faith in Mr. Bush was “misplaced.”  In a wide-ranging interview here, Mr. Dowd called for a withdrawal from Iraq and expressed his disappointment in Mr. Bush’s leadership. He criticized the president as failing […]

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What would Jesus Do?  What would Buddha Do?

What would Jesus Do? What would Buddha Do?

| March 31, 2007 | 1 Reply

Now there is a reasonably-priced way to know . . .

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Don’t buy Girl Scout cookies

Don’t buy Girl Scout cookies

| March 30, 2007 | 140 Replies

Today, an acquaintance (I’ll call her “Laura”) asked me if I would buy some Girl Scout cookies from her daughter’s troop. I told her “No thank you.”  It’s not that I don’t enjoy eating Girl Scout cookies (I do enjoy Thin Mints and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies).   It’s not that I generally oppose the activities of […]

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