People ascribe magic to a calendar. And life is full of train metaphors. On the first day of kindergarten, in order to teach us the months and give her class a sense of identity and community, my teacher cut a locomotive and twelve train cars out of construction paper of several…
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In America, being perceived as smart confers social status. Nearly everyone sees themselves as smart. Those who think they’re smart want to control…
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Having lived and played indoor and outdoor basketball in urban areas, I liked it when, just before taking the first warm-up shot, some kid would say…
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Last week, my Mom died. She was 94 and a half years old. She and my father, who cared for her with extreme devotion during the last seven disabled years…
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After all of the criticism I’ve directed toward Coronamaniacs and the Vaxxmongers over the past three years—in-person and online—I know that many of…
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This post is rated PG-13 for crude anatomical references. Having played high school sports, I know that baseball, basketball and football teams use…
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While I ordinarily write about personal experiences, my favorite secular Christmas story was told to me in the mid-1980s by a guy I met at a chill…
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Some people consider me a tree hugger. I grow organic food for a living. I’ve taken more trains and buses than has anyone I know. Most of my clothes are…
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Dispatches from a Scamdemic