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Dean Kirkland

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I often think to myself that life is simple if we followed one rule--make sure we do the right thing.That's it.  As simple as that.Of course, doing the right thing is not really simple.  For one, how do I know that "x" is the right thing to do and not "y"?  It becomes a challenge. &nbs

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The Dear Leader has messed up the Fourth of July, too!The following is a post from two years ago, which I have only

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I was perhaps 10 or 11 years old when the family, including paatti (grandmother), went to Tirupati.  For a visit with the presiding god.  We stayed in one of the cottages owned and operated by the temple trust.

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Frank Sinatra famously sang in My Way:Regrets, I've had a fewBut then again, too few to mentionI did what I had to doAnd saw it through without exemptionToo few to mention?  Really?

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If ever I wonder about the utility of blogging, the cosmos always delivers without fail and assures me that the posts will be useful.  In ways that I might never expect.The evidence today?  A student wrote about a book that she had recently read.  By Richard Dawkins.  And she writes there, "W

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A few months ago,  I participated in a march to express my worries over climate change and to urge action.Very few young people were in the march.  We were a bunch of geezers.The march went past quite a few apartment buildings where young people were partying.  A couple of them waved o

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Happiness and negative visualization

As many posts have made it abundantly clear, I walk around with my own quota of stress and unhappiness.  Life in the ashram for this hermit is not simply eternal bliss, especially in these tRump times!The good thing is that many, many years ago, I figured that it will be very, very, very rare for a human to

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Don't go chasing waterfalls

When the context comes up--and it always comes up in any class that I teach--I remind students that they can go to a Walmart and but whatever they can afford to, or shop online for whatever that they can afford to ... but, no retailer sells at any price something that we often talk about--happiness.I know that m

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I use Twitter in ways that it serves me and nobody else. If users reply to my tweets, I won't know about those replies unless they are from accounts that I recognize.  If I am curious, I have to go looking for the replies.  Which is what I did about

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Earlier today,  I sat in silence after looking at the photograph below and the story behind it:

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In this post from October 2010, I wrote about a golden rule from India: the "dharma" of a rich person is to create a lot of wealth, and to donate wealth to charity.The old Indian wisdom recognized that

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Reading for pleasure

Let's see if this cartoon tickles you ... at least half as much as how funny it was to me:

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Of course, only bad news makes news.  If it bleeds, it leads.  But still ... the bad news about the natural environment and climate change is not merely because such bad news sells.  It is not fake news either. The bad news is for real.So real that

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Tom Cruise's character keeps talking about an "Ellie" in the movie Vanilla Sky. Thanks to a therapist, we then get to find out that it is not a woman's name, but L.E., which refers to Life Extension.  I don't want to reveal any more about the movie in case you have never watched it.  (It is not any classic;

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Solstice. June 21, 2019; 11:54am ET.Happy Solstice to all residents of planet Earth. pic.twitter.com/9LS85sT6ba— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson)

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News yesterday about a death reminded me of events from thirteen years ago.  Yep. Thirteen years have gone by since ...I wish people would truly understand that we are all short-term tenants on earth and the lease ends.  Sooner or later we all die.  If we understood that certainty

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Nothing to see here in Oregon. Thanks for not visiting.

I watched In Bruges soon after it was released. A dark comedy that was well done.  The city and the architecture called me.  I figured that if life unfolded well, then I surely will go to Bruges some day.  That continues to

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In a commentary that was published back in 2007, I wrote about a strange way of life here in the US, which I referred to as "an American solution to an American problem."  I wrote then:Well, a few weeks after I came to this country for

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My childhood friend and classmate Vijay, who died almost two years ago, was better than me by a whisker in the formal academic subjects in which we earned the marks and ranks.  It didn't show really in the scor

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Oddly enough, I forgot to call and wish my father on Father's Day, and I got nothing from my daughter either.Neither my father nor I will care about this omission.  Life is far greater than formal wishes on a single day. My favorite philosopher, Calvin, offer

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I read this BBC report on "the man who helped feed the world."  And, yet again, I was blown away by the man's contributions to making the world a far more peaceful world by making sure that the people are fed.The man is Norman Borlaug,

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I have often wondered, in this blog too, on what home means in such a modern world where moving around is not unheard of.  Though we relocate and make our lives in completely alien settings, we more often than not forget that this is a new practice in human history.  Through her first forty-plus years, my father's

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One of the many movie lines (almost) that Ronald Reagan used was the one about the most terrifying words in the English language: "'I'm from the government and I'm here to help."His party loyalists cheered him.The reality is far from that.  In fact, it is closer to what Maya An

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As I grew older, I stopped being a sports spectator. Investing time, money, and emotions on a people playing does not appeal to me anymore.  Yet, I follow the news about major sporting events because, well, it is news after all.When I read in the news that a losing semi-finalist at the French Open cried, I

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I have not been on multi-day cruise ship vacations.  I hope that I won't ever do it.  Or, in the worst case, it will happen way, way, way later in my life.For one, I hate to be stuck with no exit.  It is tough enough to fly all the way to India.  In the plane for hours that feel like days!

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Do monkeys take long showers?

Here at home, I usually take long showers. Because I can. We live in an area of abundance of water.  So rich in water that we know that it is only a matter of time before we get climate-change refugees 'streaming' into our state from the east and south.But, when traveling, especially in Indi

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From The Tamil Kitchen

The other day, we watched the first episode of Samin Nosrat's Salt Fat Acid Heat. A few months ago, I bought Preeti Mistry's The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook as a gift

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I was in graduate school, when the protests gathered momentum in Tiananmen Square.  As a news junkie, as one who always wondered whether India or China had a better development model, and as one who was increasingly devoted to individual rights and democracy, I had been reading news reports about the student demonstrat

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I was a FOB graduate student when I heard people all jazzed about something called a "monarch butterfly."  I simply could not understand the hullabaloo.This was back in the dark ages before Google and Wikipedia and the rest.  One had to talk to people or search for information in the library in order t

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When driving to work in the morning, I spotted a mother and child walking to the neighborhood school.  The tot who looked like a first-grader had a pink backpack on her, and was holding on to her mother's hand.I wondered though if she was indeed holding her mother's hand, or if the mother was dragging her t

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