01 December 2021

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Hardwired for kindness

Hardwired for kindness


“The underlying nature of human beings is not savage, but essentially nice.” “Humanity thrives in a crisis. Our innate kindness and cooperati...
29 April 2020

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Together apart

Together apart


“Imagine,” John Lennon famously sang. “It isn’t hard to do.” When I was growing up, children played the “what if” game. “If you wer...
05 February 2020

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Inner strength

Inner strength


“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” —Albert Camus I stumbled across a beautiful paragraph from Albe...
29 January 2020

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Surviving winter’s worst

Surviving winter’s worst


We’ve lived in this part of the country since 1975. Our worst two winters by far were the back-to-back winters of 1977 and 1978. In 1977, the Ohi...
22 January 2020

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Making it right

Making it right


“Dear Mr. Waiter, About a week and a half ago, my 3 friends and I came to eat at this restaurant as our own homecoming celebration. It was an exciti...
15 January 2020

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Beat the gloom

Beat the gloom


Some have proclaimed Jan. 21 the gloomiest day of the year. Daylight is scarce. Weather is yucky. Seasonal Affective Disorder abounds. So does prayer....
08 January 2020

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Life stages

Life stages


For many of us who are chronologically gifted, life has fallen into four overlapping parts: Surviving. Learning. Growing. Individuating. Springti...
04 September 2019

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Master works

Master works


I admire the old masters, especially those around my age, who are still out there plying their art. A favorite is Bob Dylan, who, at 78, is out the...