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Tis The Season

This is the season of giving–and of anxiety about giving.   Every night on the TV news, there are cameras trained on the malls and at least one shot of a cash register opening and change being made.  In addition to the darkness of December in the Northeast (I wrapped the deck railings with Christmas lights […]

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The Man With No Story

On  December 2, 2008, Henry Gustav Molaison, who was 82, died in a nursing home in Connecticut.   He was known to most of the world (or the part of  world that cares about brain research) only as H.M.  But his passage made the front page of The New York Times this past Friday, because H.M. […]

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Doing Justice To Our Lives

The price of understanding certain truths is living–being willing to reveal yourself utterly, to fail, to fall short, (old fashioned word perhaps, but still) to sin. In the meantime, there are the Great Courses. Recent, I learned this in the comfort of my car:  In his introduction to course “Buddhism,” Professor Malcolm David Eckel of […]