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"An Abject Fear of Losing"

Having just a few days ago posted an encomium to Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion and current courageous political activist, I was struck by an interesting contrast between his story and the late Bobby Fischer's. One of the main points Kasparov kept mentioning in the talk I heard him give is that, You […]

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Just Two Fun Links

"People aged 1 through 100 banging on a drum.":http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUHLa1qSy24Fun and oddly compelling. The Daily CoyoteYoung woman lives in a cabin in the Wyoming countryside, finds a 10-day-old orphaned coyote, names it Charlie, raises it, and takes amazing photos and writes compelling commentary as it grows up. I'm not a huge fan of photography as an […]

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Essay: Encounters With Four Activists

I had the good fortune to encounter four amazing activists last year. The first was Doris Haddock, a.k.a. GrannyD , an incredible woman who walked across the United States at the age of 89 to advocate for the elimination of unregulated "soft" money in campaigns. She then returned home to New Hampshire, and in 2004, […]

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Meditation on Life Coaching

The New York Times has a pretty good article on life coaches and what they do. I particularly like the fact that the coach they feature most prominently comes, as I do, from a business background: many coaches come from a social work or psychotherapy background, and while those skills are essential, I don't think […]

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New York Times article on The Moral Instinct

Great long - but extremely lucid - article on morality by psychologist Steven Pinker in Sunday's New York Times. I love the beginning: "Which of the following people would you say is the most admirable: Mother Teresa, Bill Gates or Norman Borlaug? And which do you think is the least admirable? For most people, it’s […]

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Moving Letter From a Courageous Guatemalan Mother to Her "Forcibly Disappeared" Son, 20 Years Later

From Boing-Boing "Oscar, there are so many things I would like to tell you which have happened over these past twenty years. Ever since you were abducted, on that February 23rd 1984, my heart has remained completely void. You know I considered you not just my son, but also my brother, my colleague. You were […]

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An Artist's Progress

Artist Joel Harris has posted a selection of his artworks spanning his entire life starting with crayon masterpieces from age 5, and proceeding through his Mad Magazine phase, cartooning phase, Marine Corps phase, European travel phase, and culminating with a radically new style of art that he evolved after he: "Sold everything I owned and […]

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Q: "How can one make the best of one's life?"

A: "By converting as wide a range of experience into conscious thought.” - novelist Andre Malraux Talk about succinct! Malraux captures the theme of The Lifelong Activist in two sentences. And he's not even the first smart French novelist to do so: “Be regular and orderly in your life like a bourgeois, so that you […]

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How Not to Codger

I’m at the age (almost 50!) when many people start to codger, i.e., turn into someone with fixed ideas and narrowed perceptions. A lot of people do it earlier, and some people never do it, remaining youthful until they drop. I’m hoping for that last outcome, and I think I’ll get there, mainly because I […]

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My War on Housework Continues...

As I always suspected: "LONDON (Reuters) - Housework might be bad for your health, according to a study suggesting that tidying up as little as once a week with common cleaning sprays and air fresheners could raise the risk of asthma in adults... "Exposure to such cleaning materials even just once a week could account […]

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