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The Worse, the Better?

The Worse, the Better? In the 1930’s a political strategy known as “worsism” was in fashion.   Worsists believed that the worse, the better! This meant, the more desperate people became, the closer we got to the revolution that would bring … Continue reading

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Red Letter Day

Red Letter Day  In recent columns, I’ve alluded to reversals of fortune, a succession of them, coming in the form of rejection letters.  Two came from senior editors who turned down an article, controversial and breaking new ground, which was … Continue reading

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Post-Traumatic Stress

Post-Traumatic Stress There’s a book I’m reading now titled In An Unspoken Voice by Peter A. Levine, a man who’s done research on the causes of trauma when it lasts well beyond the end of the stressful incident and currently … Continue reading

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Good Philosophy Gets You to the Bathroom in Time

Good Philosophy Gets You to the Bathroom in Time In 1988, the atheist philosopher A. J. Ayer published an article for Britain’s widely read Sunday Telegraph, titled, “What I Saw When I Was Dead.” In the atheist circles in which … Continue reading

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“Evil is Really Not Banal”

“Evil is Really Not Banal” This past week we’ve been in California, where I’ve resumed my treatments for neuropathy at the Loma Linda hospital.  The other event of the week, salient for me, was a talk at the Claremont School … Continue reading

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The Feminine Honor

The Feminine Honor My recent “Me Too” experience now appears to be winding to its close with the moral fundamentals suitably restored. Since I’m a city kid, with street smarts, who had reason to believe that her life skills were … Continue reading

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The Devil in the Details 

The Devil in the Details  Depression is not an attractive word, but it describes my mood in recent days.  Two explanations (or causes?) spring to mind. First: I have this neuropathy handicap.  My walking lacks its former, rhythmic life-of-its-own, becoming … Continue reading

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