Monthly Archives: April 2010

Dropping in

I drop into a few people’s lives each morning. There’s Tina, my artist friend who sees more than other people do; when I’m with her I realize I’ve had blinders on all this time. She lives up in the high … Continue reading

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Flash-forward fantasy

Every weekday morning for twenty years I’d get all dressed up and drive to a big building where I’d get a cup of coffee, sit at my desk, look out the window at the airplanes taking off, and wish I … Continue reading

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God and Einstein

Curtis has a problem with my word “decide,” and I’m trying to figure out why. Responding to my assertion that we don’t have the capacity to decide whether there’s a god or not, he wrote: The word “decide” has been … Continue reading

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Long live Fox News

The only way I ever see Fox News is via Jon Stewart, so maybe I’m missing the fair and balanced part; but whenever I see or read their distortions, smears, and outright lies, I think about the people for whom … Continue reading

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Theodicy

Yesterday, Obama told the West Virginia miners’ families their loved ones were “with the Lord now.” I guess he really believes this. It’s odd, though, to think about the Lord sitting up there watching all those guys get trapped, and … Continue reading

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Coming up: A universal moment in May

If you’re trying to meditate or pray or just calm down, you’re supposed to think about (or, in sixties terms, be in) the present moment. You can’t change the past or control the future, so just forget about them, in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Hubble!

Even though I’m supposed to be celebrating time here, I’ve been trying to get away from writing about things that happened on particular dates because it was beginning to feel like a crutch, and because nobody but me really cared … Continue reading

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If it’s Frank Luntz calling, don’t answer your phone

Let’s say you’re sitting at home making dinner, or eating dinner, and the telephone rings, as it usually does at this time. And if you’re a former marketing researcher, like me, you feel you have to answer calls identified as … Continue reading

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Reflections on George W. Bush, and some other hateful characters

When I was little one of my babysitters told me I shouldn’t use the word hate. “You don’t really hate that person,” she said. This was pretty confusing, because although I was still trying to figure out what feelings were, … Continue reading

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Daydreaming default mode, Part 2

I’ve been thinking about words or turns of phrase that originally intrigued me but now irritate me, like “at the end of the day,” “that said,” “absolutely,” and one more that really captured me but that I’ve now totally forgotten. … Continue reading

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