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Understanding and Controlling Desire

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We all know that desire is the longing for a person, thing or state of mind – and most of us call it an emotion, although psychologists tend to differentiate it from emotion, asserting that it arises from bodily structures … Continue reading

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Ode to Gravity

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Gravity How simple and yet how complicated You make our universe Altering time Crushing the embryos of stars Into fiery existence Coalescing galaxies and nebulae Pulling every object toward each other No matter how tiny or distant Asserting your dominance … Continue reading

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Why Don’t We Read Anymore?

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I realize it’s ironic to write an article about why no one reads anymore, but I’m doing it anyway. And I’m not saying no one reads anymore. Obviously, people do. In fact, some people read as much as they ever … Continue reading

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How to Achieve Lasting Happiness

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Getting married, having children, landing a better job: contrary to popular belief, these don’t guarantee happiness. They can produce a temporary high, but over the course of years, they don’t tend to produce happier people. Happiness, however, can be learned. … Continue reading

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My 5 Best Tips for Writers

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I’ve written, edited and read a lot of books over the years, and I’ve interviewed authors for more than a decade on Write On! Radio – bestsellers like Cokie Roberts and Dean Koontz as well as lesser-known and debut writers. … Continue reading

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The Future of Medicine

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Good news – medicine is making tremendous progress. First, because of increases in computing, it’s now possible to examine DNA much more rapidly. People can have their genes sequenced at a relatively reasonable cost. Those who have a family history … Continue reading

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What Jobs Will Exist in 30 Years?

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Computers are taking over the world. It might take more than 30 years for them to succeed, but not much more. They’re getting faster and more diverse, able to perform tasks once thought impossible. Computer-driven cars will become a reality … Continue reading

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Is Buying a Cotton T-Shirt an Environmental Disaster?

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I bought a T-shirt made in China the other day – a simple cotton T-shirt that I presumed was good for the environment because it’s a natural fabric. But then, prodded by a friend, I did a little research and … Continue reading

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Why We Stereotype & Why It Matters

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The world is complicated – that’s hardly news. But it’s important to recognize that fact because our brains don’t like a complicated world. They want a world that makes sense, a world that follows patterns we’re capable of understanding. This … Continue reading

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Conversation with a Flag or A Brautigan Moment

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I spotted a flag flapping in the breeze at half-mast. I stared for only a moment. As I prepared to walk away it said: “Where are you going?” “Back to work,” I replied. “You barely noticed me.” “I saw you … Continue reading

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