Thursday, September 29, 2016

I Have House Mice...Maybe Rats

I have a mouse problem, maybe a rat problem. In my house. A problem that I can't seem to make go away. I tell the tale in my article today.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

On the Envelope: Musing on the mundane

In my article today, I write a brief meditation on the lowly envelope.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Purpose of Marriage

A popular quotation from Stanford psychology professor Carol Dweck is:

"The whole point of marriage is to encourage your partner’s development and have them encourage yours." 

Indeed, a Google search found that quote cited 523 times.

I raise questions about that in my article today. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Burdens of Intelligence

Being intelligent has downsides, which can be mitigated. I explore those in my article today.

An Ode to Readers of How-To Articles

The how-to article is considered a lowly form of writing. I consider it much underrated as are people who seek education, training, and edification from them. 

Thus, in, I wrote a an ode to the reader of how-to articles.

On Autumn and Fall, Life's Last Smile

Kimberly Vardeman, CC 2.0
A few days ago, we entered autumn or fall. The word, "autumn" implies hope, the endless cycle of renewal in which autumn is a necessary prerequisite to spring. In contrast,  the word "fall" implies unidirectionality...downward.

"Fall," alas, more accurately describes the final quarter of our life, the metaphor often invoked for our descent into decrepitude and extinction. William Cullen Bryant called fall, "the year's last, loveliest smile." Is it not life's last smile?

How can we cope with thoughts of death and, worse, with the dying process, which lyricist Johnny Mercer, in the song, Autumn Leaves, called, "hearing winter's song?"

I address that in my article today.

Is "The Pursuit of Happiness" Overrated?

Michael Cote, CC 2.0Psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik questions the wisdom of "the pursuit of happiness?" I lay out her case and my response in my article today.

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