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Has the USA Become an Angrier Society?

Because of a Breakdown in Family Values? Maternity leave is universal in most western countries, but does not exist in federal law in the United States. It’s not hard to work out why, especially with the national debt crisis that … Continue reading

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Context: Is There a Magic Number for Groups?

The Rule of One Hundred and Fifty From “The Tipping Point”: Humans socialize in the largest groups of all primates because we are the only animals with brains large enough to handle the complexities of that social arrangement. [Robin] Dunbar … Continue reading

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How a Liberal Thinker can Appear Conservative

Jordan Peterson (June 12, 1962) To be totally frank, I have only heard the name Jordan Peterson in passing. Last night, Susan’s grandson, Jacob, was explaining to me some of the ideas that this man has presented on YouTube. The … Continue reading

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OK. Now I’m Dreaming about Masks and Social Distancing

We Are Now Uncomfortable in Close Proximity with Others It was totally unexpected: my dream, last night, was ticking along quite beautifully until we turned a corner in a shopping complex and joined a line up to pay for our … Continue reading

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Be Honest Now: How Many Social Bubbles Are You In?

COVID-19 is Contagious, Isn’t It? It’s been on my mind, lately. It’s all well and fine to suggest that gatherings of ANY kind should be limited to 10 people, but that’s not really what causes this virus to spread. It’s … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Share and Share Alike

What are We Doing Wrong? As the title of the magazine suggests: we need to Share. Not just a little, but a lot. Questions and answers At every lecture he gave around the world, and virtually every day of his … Continue reading

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Image as Metaphor: Framework for Change

Our gazebo looked like this last October when we took its awning off. Rather bare-bones, don’t you think? When it came time to put the awning back on this spring, we found that there were tears in the fabric. So, … Continue reading

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The Great Social Experiment of 2020

World-Wide Pandemic Responses You know that it’s serious when the world closes its doors and goes home. So, now we are afraid of our family, friends and neighbours. And, of course, people are dying out there. It feels like fear … Continue reading

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Is Capitalism in its Death Throes?

Ah Choo!! It might be a bit premature to ask this question, but it seems pertinent to the present pandemic. The question was prompted by a comment my son-in-law made to my wife, last night, about the fact that capitalism … Continue reading

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Changing Your Perspective

From Negative to Positive. The news has been depressing of late: pandemic panic buying; closed borders; social distancing; and a morbid fear of death and dying. It takes a Pollyanna spirit to see the silver lining in these dark clouds … Continue reading

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