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George Lakoff

A Spoiled Brat Named Little Donnie Thwimp: The Importance Of Sound Symbolism

George Lakoff | September 25, 2016 | Politics
Imagine a national renaming campaign, starting now. Imagine those with photoshop skills might change the name on the image of his tower to Twimp Towie.
Michael P. McDonald

2016 Early Voting Underway!

Michael P. McDonald | September 25, 2016 | Politics
Early voting has started in a number of states and we're getting the first hard data on actual voters. So, it is time to start digging into the data to get a sense of where the 2016 presidential election stands. There are three huge grains of salt to throw on...
Michael Rosenblum

What You Can Learn From Talking To A 90-Year Old

Michael Rosenblum | September 25, 2016 | Healthy Living
Pretty good shape for 90 - must be those G&Ts Last week we celebrated my father-in-law's 90th birthday. There was a time when even getting to 90 was a major achievement, and if someone were lucky enough to make it to 90,...
Jack M. Guttentag

"Buy One, Get One Free?" There is No Such Thing!

Jack M. Guttentag | September 25, 2016 | Business
The food market closest to my home went out of business recently, and was replaced by a supermarket chain. In most respects, the new store is an improvement over the one it replaced, except for one thing: its pricing system is permeated by buy-one-get -one-free offers. I went to the...
Steve Nelson

Patriotism is the Last Refuge of the Scoundrel

Steve Nelson | September 25, 2016 | Politics
"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." - Samuel Johnson, 1775 Heated debate has arisen throughout the nation as a result of Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest. Athletes and others are kneeling, sitting or, in at least one case, lying on the ground as the anthem plays. This protest has...
Harold Lloyd

Beyond Words Alone: Poets as Artists of the Intentional

Harold Lloyd | September 25, 2016 | Books
In his wonderful The New Book of Forms, Lewis Turco tells us that poets "focus on mode, on language itself." Focusing on language, a poet in Turco's view is therefore an "artist of language; his or her concentration is upon the language itself."...
Terra Lawson-Remer

Why Progressives Should Embrace Lael Brainard

Terra Lawson-Remer | September 25, 2016 | Politics
Dear friends on the left, I write to you in response to the "blacklisting" of Lael Brainard, Tom Nides, and others from a potential future Hillary Clinton administration. As many of you know, I've spent my entire life fighting for social and environmental justice. First as a...
Ed and Deb Shapiro

What The Buddha Would Say To Mr. Trump

Ed and Deb Shapiro | September 25, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
If a bull goes straight when the herd is crossing a road, then they will all go straight because he leads the way. The same among people. If the one who is thought to be the highest lives in goodness, the others do so too. The whole realm lives happily...
Dennis Merritt Jones

A LESSON FROM MY DOG: Are You a Taker or a Receiver?

Dennis Merritt Jones | September 25, 2016 | GPS for the Soul
"Gracious acceptance is an art -- an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving...Accepting another person's gift is...
Marc Hershon

Soundcast Reviews: Gosh Darn Fiasco & Fitzdog Radio

Marc Hershon | September 25, 2016 | Entertainment
Gosh Darn Fiasco Epi14: The Zoo If you enjoy soundcasts about role playing games, you should check out Gosh Darn Fiasco. If you're a fan of soundcasts featuring improv, you should check out Gosh Darn Fiasco. The show is based...
Magda Abu-Fadil

Will Automation Upend Journalism?

Magda Abu-Fadil | September 25, 2016 | Media
Talk of automation is making the rounds again and unless newsrooms retool, adapt, and media organizations train journalists to cope with it, more staffers risk becoming redundant. The Online News Association's (ONA) annual conference in Denver, Colorado this month featured speakers like futurist Amy Webb who reminded us...
Keith Thomson

How Candidates Can Use Spy Tech to Cheat During Presidential Debates

Keith Thomson | September 25, 2016 | Politics
Remember this? During the January 2008 Republican presidential debate in Boca Raton, MSNBC moderator Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney, "Will you do for Social Security what Ronald Reagan did in 1983?" A disembodied whisper of "He raised taxes" followed. Romney appeared to take note before answering Russert, "I'm...
Cathy L. Mason

The Absence Of Wonder

Cathy L. Mason | September 25, 2016 | Fifty
Our home was a literate and musical one, with little television or radio. This was the key to my motivation to explore the world through books.
Steven Abernathy

Could Shareholder Activism Solve The Woes Of Today's Dwindling Defined Benefit Plans?

Steven Abernathy | September 25, 2016 | Fifty
Retirement isn't what it used to be. Defined benefit plans, formerly a way for employees to have a relatively comfortable retirement, haven't yielded the healthy returns of years past.
Diana M. Raab

Holding Back On Suicide

Diana M. Raab | September 25, 2016 | Fifty
Many people view suicide as a selfish act and I can see that. I've been married 39 years, am a mother of three and grandmother of two. We're a close knit family and I'm sure my death would have a huge impact on my loved ones.
John C. Wathey

What Should Replace the Republican Party?

John C. Wathey | September 25, 2016 | Politics
A Party Lobotomized Once the venerable party of Lincoln, the Republicans split off from the Whigs in 1854 to oppose slavery, and for a century stood for fiscal restraint, free enterprise and principled conservatism....
Ryan Hampton

The First-Ever Facebook Live From Jail Had A Life-Saving Message

Ryan Hampton | September 25, 2016 | Politics
The Facebook Live post that should change the way America has been addressing the intersection of the addiction crisis and criminal justice reform. This past week was the very first Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, designated by President Obama in a signed proclamation....
Richard J. Rosendall

Trump The Arsonist Plays Firefighter

Richard J. Rosendall | September 24, 2016 | Politics
Electing a president whom Colin Powell calls "an international pariah" might please those who like nothing better than "sticking it" to friends and enemies alike. Shall America model itself on Trump by being pathologically thin-skinned, stiffing our creditors, and evading responsibility? With such a leader, who needs enemies?
Jonathan Walton

When I Hear the National Anthem, I Will Kneel and Bow My Head

Jonathan Walton | September 24, 2016 | Religion
In 2008, I felt like an american for the first time because I saw a leader who looked like me. All my life I hoped my education and accomplishments would free me from the history of my skin color as inherently inferior and intimidating - it never did.
Rachel Hawkins

Is Marriage The Kiss Of Death?

Rachel Hawkins | September 24, 2016 | Entertainment
Now, before I begin, I can't use personal experience with this because I have never been married myself. I'm engaged; not to be married, as previously written. With my only experience of all things matrimonial being 2 cancelled weddings and many a time resuming the role of drunken wedding guest.