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Good Friday indeed

By 3 Jesus is dead, having spoken only seven times. The sky turns black, there is an earthquake, rocks split into, dead people come out of their graves, only to die once more. And we call this Good Friday.

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I have a problem

13 paragraphs in this post begin with “I”. And that’s the essential issue, isn’t it? Computer-mediated communication can foster the illusion that the world revolves around our own interests.

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and be ye thankful

Originally posted on the daysman:
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15. As it turns out, being grateful is good for you. A review of social science research in the Wall Street Journal finds that being thankful is…

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get […]

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alone in the big city

I’ve been coming to New York City in the spring for almost 20 years, usually to attend and often to give a workshop or two at a conference for student journalists. I’ve had some of best experience with students here, as well as some of my worst—losing a student on the subway or having one […]

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food for thought

We often encounter college students who seem completely lacking in domestic skills, anxious to learn the simplest things about managing a home. They know they can’t eat in the college cafeteria the rest of their life.

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Happy Birthday, Princess

But calling you Princess was never about the fairy tale. It was about position, not disposition. You were a first born, an only daughter, born to responsibility and opportunity. And you managed this with deportment and grace.

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how to sleep less. and why not

For every 100 people who claim to only need five or six hours of sleep, only five of us actually do.

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of Spanish and sauerkraut

Sunday we took a second road trip, this time to Los Cumbrecita, another German Alpine village on the edge of the Sierras in central Argentina. When you get to the village, it is deep in a ravine, down a bumpy cobblestone street. You have to park and walk across a bridge into the small town— […]

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they eat parrots, don’t they? (AA4c)

I’ve referred to the parrots here, as a trope for the slightly exotic character of our surroundings. But I wouldn’t want to leave the wrong impression.

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