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LATEST BLOG POSTS

What comes next: mind, body, ?

on October 25, 2020 in Nature

Search the web for “mind body” and you’ll see tons of responses. I’m glad. With a tenured history professor as a father, I grew up favoring the mind. I can’t say the family neglected the body, but fitness, exercise, and diet came later for me, when I discovered them. I wish I’d appreciated and developed the body earlier—mine and that side of life. Our society seems to recognize the value[…] Keep reading →

What do you think, feel, and do when you see an addicted person?

on October 24, 2020 in Awareness, Nonjudgment, Perception

I see more people in my neighborhood, especially my neighborhood park—Washington Square Park—addicted to I don’t know what. My whole life, I’ve never been far from seeing addiction. I don’t think I’ve known anyone uncontrollably addicted. Lately, in my daily picking up litter from the northwest corner of Washington Square Park, regulars there have started conversations with me. Our longest conversation lasted about thirty to forty-five minutes. One guy made[…] Keep reading →

Allegory: the source of our environmental problems

on October 23, 2020 in Nature

Two cafés. One serves in mugs they have to wash, the other in disposable cups. The first needs a person to wash the dishes, a dish washing machine, and to pay for the real estate and maintenance. The second doesn’t have to pay those costs. The disposable café can charge less or profit more. The extra money motivates it to expand. It can keep expanding. The first café may go[…] Keep reading →

Doof: most fruit yogurt and chocolates are misnamed

on October 22, 2020 in Blog

I don’t like doof. I don’t like how its manufacturers try to make it resemble food, especially for kids, like in the first example. Look at the ingredients for what they call “banana” yogurt. Banana is the third ingredient. Sugar is the second. Shouldn’t it be called “sugar” yogurt then? Most would-be fruit yogurts contain more sugar than fruit. I suggest we call them all sugar yogurt. Here are other[…] Keep reading →

398: Lt. General Paul Van Riper USMC, part 2: A Marine Versus Coffee

on October 21, 2020 in Podcast

Rip committed to avoid waste through coffee, which he describes as harder than he thought. Wait a minute. A three-star Marine Corps general is describing not using coffee cartridges as hard? In the Millennium Challenge we talked about in our first conversation he led a team taking on the best of the entire US war machine and won. How hard can coffee be? That’s the point of this podcast. Personal[…] Keep reading →

A solution to social media messing up elections

on October 20, 2020 in Tips

We’ve all read how Facebook, Twitter, and other social media are messing up elections. Lies spread faster than accurate information. Nations like Russia and people looking to troll can create mayhem. Algorithms promote conspiracies. People feel informed when they aren’t. Communities polarize. You know the results. The companies behind each platform give lip service to reducing the trends but the trends are profitable for them so they act half-heartedly. They[…] Keep reading →

The Story of Plastic panelists

on October 19, 2020 in Leadership, Nature, Podcast

I can’t wait for Thursday’s Story of Plastic panel. I wish we didn’t live in a world that merited it, but we do and I consider the movie and expert panel one of the best things we can do about it. Everyone who has watched tells me they learned more than expected and are glad they watched. I’ve spoken to several people about the movie, but not yet hundreds so[…] Keep reading →

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