One Fund Boston

This is such wonderful news: The One Fund Boston, set up by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Gov. Deval Patrick to support Marathon bombing victims, has raised $20 million in just over one week. “Boston is strong and made stronger by the outpouring of support,” Menino said at the announcement after he had visited with [Read More...]

Home Cooking: A Returning Art?

From Joe Yonan: How about you? How many evening meals do you cook at home? We do 5 — Sunday through Thursday.  Throughout the book, Pollan reminds us how much cooking matters. The food industry, he writes in one example, was all too happy to step in when women started working outside the home and [Read More...]

What They Want

I agree with Paul Campos, a routine line of thinking — and a right one: So how should the authorities treat political crimes of this sort? While of course every case is unique, it would be good to keep a few basic principles in mind. First, giving politically motivated criminals more publicity than necessary is [Read More...]

A Competent Creator? (RJS)

Chapter five of Daniel Harrell’s book, Nature’s Witness: How Evolution Can Inspire Faith, begins with a joke (p. 69): A scientist tells God that he’s figured out how to create life from the dust of the ground, just like God did in the beginning. Consequently, the scientist says, he’s shown that God is no longer [Read More...]

Can We Read One Another’s Minds? Andrew Root Says Yes

We all know the experience of the irresistible nature of yawning — when someone we loves yawns we yawn right back. Somewhere I read that those with good skills of empathy yawn when others in a room yawn while those with low skills in empathy don’t yawn back. Yawning, then, is a starting point to [Read More...]


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