Steve McEllistrem

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The Connected World

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When you finish reading this, go outside, preferably to a park or an undeveloped area away from the embellishments of humanity as much as you are able. Inhale the aroma of pines and firs. Put your nose to a flower … Continue reading

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Our National Debt

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We hear lots of talk about our national debt at various points, usually around election time, so I thought I would examine the issue to see how bad it is. First of all, an explanation: national debt is what our … Continue reading

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Do We Really Want Clean Air?

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I like to breathe. It makes me feel alive. I like my air to be clean too, without the infiltration of chemicals and pollutants. Most people agree. We want air that doesn’t have lots of additives. But … You probably … Continue reading

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Seeking Long-Term Planners

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We’re going to need to spend a lot more money soon. Infrastructure is crumbling, the population is aging and schools are already under-funded in many areas. We need to spend more on transportation for the increasing number of seniors (as … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Life

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I don’t consider myself a poet, but maybe I should. After all, poetry is about the creative use of language to evoke images and emotions, and I try to do that, perhaps not as prettily as a poet, but with … Continue reading

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Human Intelligence

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We think we’re smart. And sometimes we are. Not always, not about everything, but often we are. The bigger question is: does it matter? For many species, extra intelligence is not a boon to survival. Smarter sharks and smarter rabbits … Continue reading

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Clean Water

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Water is the most important substance on Earth – the one element we believe is absolutely essential to life – and yet we disrespect it all the time. Why? We all agree that clean water is vital. Even the most … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Trees

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Joyce Kilmer famously wrote: “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” And despite many criticisms of both poem and poet, it remains to this day one of the best-known pieces of poetry. People who … Continue reading

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The Myth of the Loner

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The loner as hero is not a uniquely American concept, but it’s an idea that Americans have embraced as distinctly ours. It began, for us, as the image of the cowboy conquering the West, taking on all comers as he … Continue reading

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Hope

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Hope – We think of it fondly, considering it a positive emotion, and often it is. Look, for example, at the frenzy that surrounds a large Powerball jackpot, when millions of people who don’t normally play suddenly decide to buy … Continue reading

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