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After the long, dark, days in these northern latitudes, when life all around slowly seems to shut down, spring does provide a wonderful rebirth of life. Plants shoot up from the ground.Trees blossom.Birds fly and tweet. Animals run around everywhere. Before moving to this valley that has

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Soon after the fall of the Soviet system, in an issue devoted to poverty, The Economist included a lengthy essay with a title that was something like "the poor will always be with us."  Only when reading that piece did I know that the magazine newspaper was playing on a verse from the Bible.

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One of the advantages in blogging my understanding of the world is this: I can easily check for myself whether I might have "flip-flopped" on issues.  Of course, because I am not a politician, I go with logic and evidence, which means

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(For The Register-Guard: June 8, 2016)My childhood classmates came from diverse religious backgrounds. This included Farooq and Yasmeen, among others, who were Muslims. Of the teachers, I still recall Yusuf Ali, who was the machine shop instructor. Thanks to India’s diversity, and to life in an indus

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I read stuff.  Quality stuff, not the kind that the racist bully quotes

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No, not the one here in the US.  Our elections stink so bad that we will be better off if I didn't write anything about it.The presidential election in Peru is the one that I am referring to. Why Peru?  Not because of the

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Think about May 27th next year--as in 2017.  I know it is difficult to think about a year from now.  But, go ahead,  Think about it. By then, the new President of the US would have been in office for four months.  Now, imagine President Donald Trump issuing a Ramadan greetings message on May

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It was my father, I am sure, who set me on the path of reading the newspaper every morning with his routine of sitting with the paper (and sometimes taking it to the bathroom too!)  Early on in my life--I wish I knew exactly when it happened--I got to that habit.  I was so much addicted that if The Hindu 

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For all the angry anti-colonialist that I am, even I can't believe that I am cheering Britain.  Cheering for Britain to exit the European Union.  Brexit, Brexit, Brexit!This New York Times re

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"My grandmother saw so many changes during her own life" the visitor from Europe said.  The grandmother lived through Hitler's maniacal swallowing up of the Sudetenland and the big war after that, the Soviet tanks rolling in, and the barbed wire fencing and the guard dogs to make sure nobody could leave.  For

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Right from when I was a kid, I loved elephants.  And then there is that vague memory of having watched the movie Maya, of which the only thing that I remember is that the plot had something about a white elephant.

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Last summer was so good that I am getting a head-start this time around.  No, I am not referring to the high 90s that are forecast for this weekend.  Unseasonably warm, no doubt.  For a guy who grew up playing outdoors in the hot summer months of the old country, a thermometer reading that exceeds 75 now has

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Remember this from nearly a year ago?

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Back in the old country, we boys and girls operated in gender-segregated worlds.  The school was coeducational, but boys and girls dared not to speak with each other.  It was not until the reunion thirty year

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An epic battle ended with the contestants declared as co-winners.  No, I am not referring to the Warriors v. Thunder, which preoccupies this couch potato.  I am referring to the recently concluded

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It had been a while, a long while, since I saw her at the store.  I walked up to her counter."I haven't seen you around" she said. I smiled and nodded.  "Long time no see.  How are you?""Doing well, doing well" she replie

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I have blogged for the longest time about shrinkage.  No, not that one, but the shrinking world for men.  I have even tagged plenty of posts with "save th

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There are somethings that I would way prefer that I did not ever know.  But, the cosmos couldn't care.It was a pleasant evening when the friend and I walked up to the bridge over the river.  Spring time in the valley is simply beautiful.  But, then so is the summer.  And the fall too.  A

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The mousetrap is a metaphor, of course.  I don't want you to think that the next gazillions are to be made from a better mousetrap ;)One of my favorite charts is from The Economist.  Incidentally, implementing austerity measures at home, I did not renew the subscription to the magazine

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In its editorial, the Editorial Board of the NY Times has a powerful sentence, which is consistent with what I have been writing here (and in op-eds) for years:

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I love my mindful existence, which is why I tend to even remember events and people that I should have forgotten for my own well-being.  Yesterday, for instance, I reminded a colleague how he and the rest did not care for my serious proposal when I offered it first twelve years ago--and many times since then--and now,

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It just seemed like it would be a good day to spot a whole bunch of goslings while out on my usual five mile walk by the river.  I made sure I grabbed my phone.Even a few years ago, to grab a phone when one needed a camera could have been a setup for a comedy routine involving an absent-minded professor. &n

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Every once in a while, when discussing the economic future, I ask students who are pretending to listen to me whether they would consider moving far away from Oregon.  "What if you have much better employment opportunities in North Dakota?" is my favorite way to get them to think.  I like beating up on North Dakot

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I plan to send a slightly edited version of this to the editor of that other paper where I send my commentaries.  Readers outside the US, especially this impatient guy, should note that t

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I drove in silence, as I mostly do, with the road noise and the incessant chirping in my hearing-impaired ear keeping me company. I smiled recalling my joke with the ENT doctor about the tinnitus--"I don't want the noise to bug me so much that I end up chopping my ear off like Van Gogh."  It never takes muc

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There was no concept of "Mother's Day" in the old country, back when I was a kid.  Now, of course, such Americana has spread across to the other side of the planet as well. No, this post is not about my mother, nor is it to rant about Mother's Day.  It is about "mother" Lucy and the home to all of us--

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Read the following sentences:Many of the great problems we face today, as far as I understand them, have their origin in the fact that this global civilization, though in evidence everywhere, is no more than a thin veneer over the sum total of human awareness, if I may put it that way. This civilization

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Life in the adopted country means that I am simultaneously an outsider and one of them.  While some might fret about such an existence, I don't.  It is a fascinating way, a rare opportunity, that people h

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It was a welcome mild temperature after the uncomfortable warmth the day before.  A perfect day to be outside--walking, playing, or bicycling.  There were plenty of people--children and adults alike--doing that.I was enjoying the drive back home on the city streets when I spotted a guy on a bicycle, ab

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Remember the presidential wannabe who seemed to want to only utter sound-bites like “we need more welders, less philosophers"?  Yes, I am referring to Marco Polo Rubio, who is now apparently "

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