Is the Dalai Lama Calling for the End of Religion?

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My friend, Doug, is not what I’d call a religious person. He grew up in church but has since taken to a combination of practicing martial arts, yoga and independent study, primarily of Buddhist philosophy. In a lot of ways, his journey is a familiar one for younger adults today (he and I are both [Read More...]

Wild Goose 2012: An Exercise in Mindfulness

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How do you know when someone has a Prius? Don’t worry; they’ll tell you. We got a Prius about four years ago, and immediately we bought into the hype about milking every gallon of gas for another tenth of a mile. We read the hyper-miler blogs about how to employ the gas and brake pedals [Read More...]

Mad Men, Catholics and a “Moral Revolution”

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Amy and I have been working (translated: watching lazily) our way through the first several seasons of Mad Men. The writing is remarkably subtle, and I was particularly struck by the fact that such a long-standing show could effectively have little or no plot focusing instead on rich character development. For a writer, this is [Read More...]

“Study Drugs” Point to Greater Social Failure

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Everyone has pulled all-nighters in school. It’s sort of a rite of passage, really. For us, when our stomachs would get too bloated from throwing back Dr Peppers to stay awake, we’d bust out the No-Doz, which is basically a super dose of caffeine. It made me jittery, made my stomach upset, but I’ll tell [Read More...]

Indentured Servitude: Why Student Loans Won’t Go Away

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There have been lots of news stories lately about student loan forgiveness and the like, and as the holder of serious five-figure graduate student loans, you’d think I’d follow the discussion closely. But to be honest, I haven’t paid much attention for one, possibly cynical, reason; the systems isn’t going to change. I joke sometimes [Read More...]

I’m a Fraud (And So Are You)

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I’m coming to terms with the realization that I’m a big, fat fake. But at least I’m in good company. Amy’s birthday was last Sunday. We had just arrived in Portland, so we went to a fancy-pants restaurant, situated several hundred feet above the skyline, with a view of the entire surrounding city, the Willamette [Read More...]

Guns Don’t Kill People; Hoodies Kill People

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It’s not that often that anyone accuses Geraldo Rivera of being a reporter. More often than not, he’s good for audacious soundbytes and a campy mug at the camera while sporting his trademark “look at me” mustache. He’s more circus performer than analyst, but in as much, he’s a sign (or symptom) of the state [Read More...]

The Dark Side of Kony 2012: Look in the Mirror

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Most folks are at least somewhat familiar with the “Kony 2012″ phenomenon by now. Millions have become captivated by the story. But by and large, no one knew a thing about Joseph Kony, Invisible Children or Jason Russell a couple of weeks ago. It’s a new world. For those still catching their breath in the [Read More...]


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