Monthly Archives: May 2010

Slow time

Memorial Day weekend: time slows down. There’s time for reading, for gardening, for catching up on Lost; time for the college graduation fireworks and the small-town band. On these three days we have world enough, and time.

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Facebook arithmetic

I learned from the Times this morning that you can’t have more than 5,000 friends on Facebook. That’s a relief. That means I only have 4,997 more friends to find. I had to join to view my son’s photos, and … Continue reading

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Memorial Day Weekend: Grass, sun and shadows

I would make up games for our little gang of neighborhood kids; one was called fox and rabbits. You’d think the point of it would be for the fox to catch the rabbits, but all I remember about it is … Continue reading

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Family values in South Carolina

First, the players. There’s Marc Sanford, the outgoing governor, who met his soulmate in Brazil. He has only a bit part, but at the teary press conference that made a hiking trail famous we caught a glimpse of our main … Continue reading

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Bad memes

The pundits (mostly Republican, I hope) are trying out the meme that the Gulf oil spill is Obama’s Katrina. If I hated him the way I hated Bush, I’m sure I’d latch on to this. But Bush and Brownie could … Continue reading

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Messy men

The head of the FDIC, the head of the TARP Oversight Panel, the head of the SEC. What do they have in common? They’re all women (in charge of cleaning up the messes, of course). And they’ve all been put … Continue reading

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Baby belief

My rigorous true-atheist friend asks whether I think Vivaldi would not have written sublime music if he didn’t believe in the sublime. I think he would have written sublime music, but not that music. I believe Vivaldi and Brahms and … Continue reading

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We can believe, but we can’t know

You do realize that atheism and agnosticism are orthogonal, right? That is, agnosticism is about what is knowable. The agnostic thinks that it is not knowable whether any gods exist. Atheism is about what is not believed. The atheist does … Continue reading

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I need to touch the wounds

Andrew Sullivan is an intelligent writer who is also a devout Christian. I have to admit I have a hard time putting those two characteristics together – my automatic prejudice is that if someone believes Jesus was actually God, they … Continue reading

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Today, use Bing

I’m so out of it I’d forgotten all about Pac Man, and when I clicked on the Google Doodle to find out what it was nothing happened; and then I noticed the little “insert coin” box, so I inserted a … Continue reading

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