Tag Archives: 2013

Robots ‘R Us, installment 2

An obscure author, Edward S. Ellis, who published a dime novel called The Steam Man of the Prairies 145 years ago, may prove to have been a visionary according to two recent news articles. The first, in the New York … Continue reading

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The 2013 Ig Nobel Prizes

Though I reported on last year’s Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, I missed the 2013 edition of this annual Harvard laugh fest, which was held in September.  I only heard the details yesterday, on NPR’s “Science Friday.”  Much better late than … Continue reading

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Pope Francis on Economic Justice

“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?” – Pope Francis (1) On Tuesday, Pope Francis delivered a sharp … Continue reading

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Selling Thanksgiving

An article in our local paper’s Sunday Business Section both fascinated and sent a few chills up my spine at how effectively today’s marketeers can sell proverbial ice cubes to Eskimos.  They have persuaded large numbers of us to give … Continue reading

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Full Faith and Credit: a personal story and parable.

My wife and I got married in Santa Fe in 1976.  We didn’t have a lot of money, but our mothers were gone and our families and friends were on the coasts, so there would only be eight in the … Continue reading

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The Four functions of a living myth and the evening news

In The Masks of God: Creative Mythology, 1968, Joseph Campbell identified four major functions of a “living myth:” 1) ” To awaken and maintain in the individual an experience of awe, humility, and respect in recognition of that ultimate mystery, … Continue reading

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Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity

“It’s mighty hard right now to think of anything that’s precious that isn’t endangered.” – Wendell Berry Wendell Berry, 79, is a poet, farmer, and author of 40 books.  He is also an outspoken advocate and activist for a radical … Continue reading

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Friday is World Animal Day

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi October 4 is the Feast Day of Saint Francis, renowned for his love of animals. In 1931, a … Continue reading

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