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Who Wants to be a Superhero?

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I used to want to be a superhero. How cool would it be to fly or pick up a car with one hand, to save the day for the good people around me and make life miserable for the bullies … Continue reading

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So Many Problems, So Little Time

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Which problem should we focus on? There are so many to choose from. Let’s start with climate change, which is causing problems all over the world already – from heat waves and droughts to massive floods, from calving glaciers to … Continue reading

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Some Truths Are Absolute

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Everything is relative, or so we like to think, because we are wired to compare everything. We begin as infants, putting things in our mouth and noticing that some of the objects taste better than others. We see our mothers … Continue reading

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We Need Our Tribes

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This tendency to form ourselves into groups is written into us, a carryover from our earliest days, when belonging to a group meant that we had a much better chance of survival. Left to our own devices on the savanna, … Continue reading

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The I Am Everything Delusion

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We are born into delusion. Our earliest thoughts lead us to believe that we’re the most important people in the world. Why wouldn’t we think that? Our parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, neighbors and friends all coo at us … Continue reading

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Ain’t No Sunshine In My Life

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I’ve been avoiding the sun for years, having contracted skin cancer half a dozen times. My doctors have warned me about its deleterious effects, and I took them seriously. Still do. And yet… Most if not all of us feel … Continue reading

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2 Poems Fir Yew

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The Sessile Pioneer I used to call my pine tree Shane I just liked the name It was one heck of a conifer too Tall and broad, not an ounce of fat on it But it finally moved After threatening … Continue reading

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Waiting for Catastrophes

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Pick a problem, any problem. It doesn’t matter which one. It just needs to be a relatively big problem, like a bad job or relationship, climate change or political divisiveness, the opioid epidemic or gun violence. Okay, now that we’ve … Continue reading

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Live in the Present?

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We’re often advised to live in the present. Don’t dwell on the past because you can’t change it. Don’t worry about the future because it may never come to pass. Live in the moment because this is all the time … Continue reading

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Understanding Value

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The other day, shortly after I finished reading a biography on Vincent van Gogh’s life, I was chatting with my friend Jack about it and I mentioned how strange it seemed to me that van Gogh’s works had become so … Continue reading

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