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Gloria, a Life

Posted by in Politics, Ponderings

We went to see the play Gloria, a Life last night.   The play was almost too good. It made me a bit sad and perhaps a little to too introspective for my own good.   I think a lot about how self-destructive it is for the human race to have spent so  many years refusing to to take advantage of the abilities of over half the population.   I wonder if the world might not be a whole lot better place if women had been allowed more easily contribute to its advancements in culture,…read more

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Not everything (or everyone) belongs in a bucket

Posted by in Politics, Ponderings

Most people  are compelled to put everyone and everything they encounter into a specific category or “bucket”.   Admittedly, this habit is very useful, when navigating an array of objects, or experiences.  It allows us to sort things, and deal with them one group at a time, so that we can use common strategies for dealing with things which are similar to one another.   We put all the “big” books on the shelves that are spaced further apart,  we avoid putting all the “metal” objects in the microwave, we wash all the…read more

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Custom License Plates and the Balance Between Compassion and Self-Interest

Posted by in Ponderings

I just did something I never thought I would do:  ordered custom license plates.   For years I’ve cringed every time time I saw someone proclaiming their name, profession, favorite sports team, or credo on their automobile.   Advertising yourself to strangers in this way has  always seemed too self-indulgent to me.   I can’t imagine that  strangers are interested in who I am, what I do for a living, my hobbies, or who I root for, and frankly, I am not that  interested in telling them. I’m pretty extreme about things likes…read more

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