courtesy

Sometimes I wonder why I even get out of bed. I’ve had a particularly rough morning, mostly fielding a barrage of e-mails — and even a potential conspiracy — about a recent problem in our community. But I also had a troubling experience while walking my dogs that has prompted me to compose the following […]

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freedom of…?

Many Westerners are having difficulty understanding the deep offense that Muslims around the world have taken to cartoon drawings of the prophet Muhammed appearing in various European newspapers. Digging deeper into the issue, a friend of mine went searching the web for the rule in Sharia law forbidding depictions of Muhammed, but came up empty. […]

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being wrong

I dreamt last night that I was defending my doctoral thesis?I have no idea what the subject or conclusion was?and one of the “judges” asked me if I were willing to be wrong about my findings. I started in on some explanation about how all research involves a fair amount of conjecture and guesswork, but […]

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the patron saint of lost animals

Washington County’s patron saint of lost and needy animals strikes again. This is the LONG version. (This will probably end up being a blog.) Let’s skip over the part where Nanook was having his own mini-crisis this morning. My neighbor called at 7:30 this morning in a panic. While walking their dogs last night, her […]

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writing: getting started

Recently, several people have asked about the process of writing, and how a person goes about writing a book. While there are plenty of books and guides available today to walk new and would-be writers through precisely that process, there’s no substitute for the wisdom of experience?and for each writer, new and accomplished alike, that […]

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hidden gifts

I have been thinking recently about the incredible wealth of inherent gifts and talents?our true natural resources as human beings?that go untapped the world over, day upon day, lifetime after lifetime. Many of us never know what inspired abilities lurk just beneath the surface of our daily responsibilities and consciousness, while others are painfully aware […]

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questing for cupcakes

Don’t ask me why, but several weeks ago, I got a strong craving for Hostess cupcakes. Not those chocolate ones that Dad preferred, but the orange-flavored cupcakes with yellow icing that I had loved as a child. After a couple of days of trying to deny my desire, I gave in and went to the […]

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