Tag: New York Times

Aug 14

Chronicle from the Old Folks’ Home—Part 9

In Brief—Change comes to the warehouse where the author lives. The One Unchanging Thing in the Universe is Change— Bengt may never run away again. He looks shrunken. He sleeps a lot. The vigor and sense of humor seems to be gone. The man I saw as active and alert now sits sleeping while lunch …

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Apr 17

“Polly Want a Cracker”

In Brief—Some (not all) of what you always wanted to know about parrots. They’re much smarter than you thought. ——————————————————————————————————————————— No More “Dumb Animal” Nonsense— “Polly want a cracker” belongs to the dark ages when humans thought birds were…well-l-l, “bird brains.” Turns out they’re as smart as your little four-year-old genius. Maybe smarter. Scientist Carl …

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Dec 20

Charity is Year ‘Round

In Brief—The holiday season is not the only time in the year to contribute to a worthy cause designed to make life better for those less fortunate. ——————————————————————————————————————– Giving is More Powerful than Prayer (Gandhi)— A couple of weeks ago, I suggested that we give to a worthy cause rather than spend the money on …

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Dec 06

‘Tis the Season to be Giving

In Brief—This is the time of year when our thoughts turn to what we will give Uncle Charlie or the kids to keep the wheels of commerce turning. Well, let’s initiate a change this year and make it a real season of giving. ———————————————————————————————————————- “Happy Holidays” instead of “Bah, Humbug!”— I’m not Scrooge! Really! As …

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Nov 01

Truth or Myth—A Test

In Brief—A presentation of statements designed to test your knowledge of commonly accepted beliefs, history and current events with regard to whether those statements are true or myths. ——————————————————————————————————————————– We’re Not Entitled to Our Own Facts— Periodically, Gail Collins, columnist for the New York Times presents a list of questions to test how much attention …

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Oct 04

Republican Policies Are Dangerous for Health

In Brief—Witless and misinformed Republicans are targeting not only the innocent Planned Parenthood, they are also targeting and forcing the cancellation of fetal tissue research that’s essential in the fight against devastating diseases. ———————————————————————————————————————————- Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face— Deliberately and falsely maligning the Planned Parenthood organization combined with ignorant and pandering …

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Sep 27

The Trophy Hunters Strike Back

In Brief—As a result of the recent illegal killing of Cecil the lion, animal conservation groups, several American states and some international airlines have made moves to stop trophy hunting. Now trophy hunting organizations and interested African nations are attempting to stop the animal preservation efforts. ————————————————————————————————————————————– Follow the Money— On August 30, I published …

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Sep 20

Racism, Sexism and Fundamentalist Christianity

In Brief—This piece pulls back the curtain to reveal the ugly motivation driving Republican efforts to obstruct the Obama administration, undermine women and defund an organization that serves not just women but the community at large. It reveals the larger Republican agenda. ————————————————————————————————————————————- The Truth Hurts— A black president, the war on women and whining …

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Sep 06

Guns and Excess: Armed America

In Brief—A call to arms regarding the out-of-control proliferation of guns and violence in America. —————————————————————————————————————————————- Shoot the Bastard— The burly cowboy in jeans and leather chaps pulls the loaded shiny six-shooter from its holster and lays it on the counter while paying the unsmiling woman for his purchase. Ka-thump! Curious about the casual handling …

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Apr 26

One of the Most Powerful Books Written

In Brief—A review of Åsne Seierstad’s powerfully written book “One of Us.” Read it and weep. I did. ——————————————————————————————————————— Death and Destruction— “One of Us” is the most powerful book I’ve ever read. Written by the talented Norwegian journalist Åsne Seierstad, it’s the harrowing chronicle of the life and horrific deed of Anders Breivik who …

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