A Grain of Salt

Posted Mar 28 2011

According to Paul Krugman, Nobel prizewinning economist and columnist for the New York Times, there is a divide among the nation’s economists. The economists who reside in the center of the country, known as the freshwater economists, firmly believe in the “invisible hand of the market,” the ability of the market to self-regulate. They believe […]

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My Little Town Tuesday, Only on Saturday. And in Canada.

Posted Mar 26 2011

The amazing Georgina Dollface graciously allowed me to do a post for her. If you don’t know Georgina, she’s well worth the trip!

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How Much is Enough?

Posted Mar 20 2011

Ambrose Bierce, in his Devil’s Dictionary, defined enough as “too much.” And it’s true. We tend to measure “enough” at the upper boundary, rather than the lower. Apparently, this is also true for the very wealthy. In the April edition of The Atlantic, a survey of households with more than twenty-five million dollars (that’s right, […]

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Thought Food: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted Mar 18 2011

“At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look, at forty-five, they are caves in which we hide.”

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What the Earthquake in Japan Tells Us

Posted Mar 14 2011

That we’re on a planet that was once a ball of molten rock and is still cooling. I heard on the radio today that the governor of the Tokyo prefecture (or some such thing) says the quake and tsunami are divine retribution because people in Japan are so selfish and materialistic. But that can’t be […]

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The Pig in the Python, Part 2: Do-It Yourself Death Panel

Posted Mar 13 2011

My Grandmother Robertson was widowed when she was in her forties, left with five children. She relocated from eastern Kentucky to Dayton, Ohio, where she opened a boarding house, cooking and cleaning for half a dozen strangers so she could feed and shelter her kids. She was a skinny little woman, fiercely independent, who was […]

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The Red Pump Project

Posted Mar 7 2011

Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States. My daughter, who works for the Columbus AIDS Task Force, asked me to write this post. She is concerned that the continued growth of AIDS among women is under-recognized, under-funded and under-treated. To show you just how serious I am about this, […]

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The Pig in the Python

Posted Mar 3 2011

Last Sunday, our minister (who’s in his early 50’s) stated that we Baby Boomers are the most selfish generation to ever grace this planet. As a card-carrying Boomer myself, I wondered: is this a general perception? So, I Googled “boomer selfish”… …and found a post by a Samuel J. Scott, a Gen-Y member. His gripe: […]

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