Steve McEllistrem

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Why We Ignore What We Need

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We all have basic needs: food, water, shelter and clothing. Some would argue that we need love too or at least human connections, though plenty of people live without those things. Look at people with severe dementia or brain injuries, … Continue reading

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The Lone Leaf

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A lone leaf lingers on the lilac tree, rustling in the autumn breeze, oblivious to the demands of the outside world, the pressures that compelled its fellows to succumb: the dimming sun, the cooling nights, the hard rains and gusty … Continue reading

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Healing

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Now that the election is over, people say we need to come together and heal, unite behind our new president and move forward, but that just isn’t possible – and here’s why: Roughly half of our voting population wants a … Continue reading

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The Problem with Cats

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Cats. Many people love them – and why not? They can be enormously affectionate. In America, they are more popular pets than dogs. They enjoy playing with toys, particularly those that resemble prey. Is there anything cuter than cat videos? … Continue reading

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Election Season

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The election is almost upon us, and I have to say I don’t know for certain which candidate would best serve our country in the long run. One supports the status quo, the continuation of the policies of the past … Continue reading

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What does it mean to be human?

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We like to think we’re special, we’re different than the rest of the animal kingdom. We can reason and communicate and imagine and empathize and manipulate our world in a way no other creature can. We have consciousness, self-awareness. All … Continue reading

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Another Reason the Rich Get Richer

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The problem with global trade agreements that few know about or understand is the strength of the ISDS court system. Full disclosure: much of the information in this essay comes from this Huffington Post piece: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/isds-lawsuit-financing-tpp_us_57c48e40e4b09cd22d91f660 But here’s my take … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Doubt

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I don’t know if it’s better to be a vegan or an omnivore. I don’t know if it’s better to believe in God or not. I don’t know if small government is better than large government or if one ought … Continue reading

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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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