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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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(I have sent this across to the editor)Higher education has been afire with discussions—substantive and rhetorical—about the dark histories of the people after whom buildings and colleges have been named. Locally, at the University of Oregon, two buildings,

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The Sunday edition of the local newspaper had plenty of pages dedicated not to the Syrian crisis, nor to climate change, and not even to the latest antics of the Donald.  The pages, with color photographs galore, were about football at the local university!  Thankfully, I did not throw up all over the paper ;)

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There is no free lunch.  Which means, something offered for "free" has some hidden cost that perhaps we do not think about.Think about the old days of television.  No, not in the old country, where in the old days there was only one channel--the government channel.  I am referring to the old days

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Remember this old nursery rhyme?Work while you work,play while you play;this is the wayto be happy each day.all that you do,do with your might;things done by halvesare never done right.Perhaps that rhyme is no longer taught.  After all, we live in

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Three months have gone by.  So, of course, it is time to blog about Venezuela!

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, sure, but, it is not because I am an Indian-American that I see Indian-Americans everywhere! I open the latest issue of the Atlantic and there is an Indian-American: Anand Gopal has

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Years ago, when I was teaching at Bakersfield, the university invited the philosopher Peter Singer to give a public talk.  The community, of whom a significant percentage is uber-conservative, made it clear that there would be protests because of Singer's controversial stands.  Anticipating a huge turnout, the eve

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The university where I work invited interested faculty members to self-nominate themselves to serve on the Strategic Planning Committee.  Given my interests in higher education, and given that the directions that the university sets through this committee will be in place until I retire or am fired, I nominat

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“You campaign in poetry; you govern in prose” the late Mario Cuomo often said.  And what wonderful poetry we had from Barack Obama when he was the candidate. There is poetry and then there is prose.  The dull and boring prose of the reality of  governance and international realpolitik.Case in

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In this post from a couple of days ago, I brought in evidence to show that I am not the only one puzzled that people don't get the connection between climate change and meat eating.  And later, in my rejoinde

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My car is old, and the odometer shows quite a few digits.  The dishwasher at home has problems, but it works.  A couple of undershirts (the banians, in the old country language) are a tad frayed.  The pair of brown shoes that I wear to work has the beginnings of holes on the under side.But,

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One of the harsh realities that I have been struggling with from my early teenage years is this--the world treats some lives to be more important than others. I suppose if we are mere animals deep down, then we would indeed not care about some.  But, if we believe that we are better than a brutal animal beh

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Over the years, I have blogged in plenty (like here) about the environmental impacts of the foods that we eat.  I have even made fun of ardent environmentalists who are not vegetarians, because of the huge envi

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"Nobody seems to care about old family stories ..."  After a pause, my father continued; "maybe it is the law of nature.""I agree with you" I chimed in.  "I find it strange myself.  I feel so connected with the old stories."Father knows well about my keen interest in the old family sto

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Consider this:Some might think that people already spend too much time on the social network. According to one estimate, most Americans spend the equivalent of two full workdays each month on Facebook. In the future, might they pass even more time? Mark Zuckerberg is hoping so.Or this:

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There are at least two important reasons why I continue to read and think about the caste issues in the old country, and about slavery in the adopted home.  As one who was born into the privileged Brahmin caste, I want to apologize and compensate by at least understanding the sociopolitical aspects of the atrocious cas

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A poem with raw emotions. Strange FruitBy Abel MeeropolSouthern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,

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By now, it would have become obvious to regular readers that I dish out the criticism if it is warranted.  That approach, in the pursuit of what it means o do the right thing, means that I have even wondered if my grandmot

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Back in 2000, it was tiring to listen to Al Gore talk in great detail about each and every policy.  It was clear that the man knew policy, but being intellectually capable and having a firm grip on the details is not what wins elections.  Which is why Bush won, despite his goofy "what, me worry?" approach to every

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The other day, the friend and I spent a couple of hours with two older friends of hers, over coffee and cake and cheese and poetry and politics and, yes, higher education.  As Ken Robinson noted in his widely watched TED talk, everybody is intere

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"It's a good thing that the rain they talked abut doesn't seem to be happening" she said.Yep, I was back in the grocery store and--yet again--engaging in small-talk with the checkout clerk.  The difference is that I have rarely ever been at her counter."Oh, is that the forecast?" I asked.

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Every once in a while, people seem to wake up and realize that geography matters. And then they make a big deal out of it, while some of us--especially those who teach and think economic geography--wonder, ahem, if only you would listen to us!I have blogged many times,

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this post is equivalent to a weighty tome ;)Think of this post as a graphic-novel approach (of course, the graphics are not my creations.  The cartoons are via the Statesman Journal, and the cover image i

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Ah, yes, after this topic, which is about the certainty that we all face, perhaps bullshit is one of my favorite topics.  After all, it takes a bullshitter to love bullshit ;)People talk about the past golden age, like the golden

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As one can imagine, I have been thinking a lot more about education and the miserable state of affairs that contemporary higher education has become.  And then I read 

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