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In Praise Of Christmas

Traced back to 1681, To Drive the Cold Winter Away, has a simple haunting melody and interesting lyrics that express a wonderful holiday greeting. The song is popular with folk artists, Celtic performers, Medieval Renaissance reenactors, and small traditional groups. … Continue reading

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God Bless America

The question remains: How can we tell the character of another person… is it revealed by their biography, the story of their formative years, their education and activities? Is it revealed by their achievements as adults, their business resume or … Continue reading

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Boring!?

On several occasions this week, I attempted to start conversations with friends about the Republican convention. I wanted to find out what they thought about Ayn Rand and the influence of her thinking on Paul Ryan. I had read online … Continue reading

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First Impressions

Making a good first impression is critical when beginning any new enterprise, especially the first day of school. Adam and Eve, shown here in Albrect Durer’s famous  engraving, had it so easy! There were no social expectations, no unspoken rules, … Continue reading

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Immortality: empathy, mindfulness, and gratitude

Stephen Cave’s Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization investigates whether it just might be possible to live forever and whether we should want to. But it also makes a powerful argument, which is that it’s … Continue reading

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McMaster, Class of ’62 Reunion

Graduation is always a time of mixed feelings… pride and joy at accomplishing an important goal; excitement at looking forward to a new life; regret and perhaps even depression at leaving behind your friends, social life, and athletic activities. It … Continue reading

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Failure and Imagination

June is here again… time for graduations and weddings.  Thinking about our fiftieth reunion coming up this weekend, I started looking at commencement addresses. I don’t even remember who spoke at McMaster fifty years ago, but I wondered what platitudes … Continue reading

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