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December 15th, 2017

Remember this post from a few days ago, in which I quoted from an op-ed by a highly qualified Hong Kong native who was forced to exit the US because she couldn't get the work visa?  She wrote there:

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December 14th, 2017

Lufthansa being a German airline, the announcement began in German. I usually ignore all the pre-flight announcements because they are all the same same all over again.  It is also because of people like me ignoring those announcements that a few airlines are coming up with creative and humorous ways t

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December 8th, 2017

When we were kids, my parents meticulously kept accounts of household expenses.  I know it well because even we tiny ones were involved with the accounting.  We helped count up the coins and helped them remember the expenditure items.Thus, we were all intensely aware that there was no free money lying

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December 7th, 2017

In yesterday's post, I quoted the anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar:While good people go to great lengths to spare their children from suffering, few of them seem to notice that the one (and only) guarante

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December 6th, 2017

I am here because my parents had sex.I know, it is bizarre to open a blog-post with that sentence.  But, hey, we have to face that reality that our existence is due to our parents having had sex, at least that fateful day.During that sexual congress, of the about 200 million sperm that raced, on

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December 5th, 2017

When my cousin asked me about movies that I had watched recently, I laughed and reminded her that our movie tastes do not always coincide.  I told her about two movies that we had watched, and strongly recommended

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December 2nd, 2017

About this time of the year, by now we would have had quite a few frosty nights and mornings.  And dense fog.  My first November here fifteen years ago, the temperature one night dipped down to 16 degrees.  Thanksgiving days have always involved chattering teeth and icy proximities.This past Novem

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December 1st, 2017

For various reasons, I chose not to write any op-eds.  It has been months since I sent anything to the editor.  But, ... am thinking that I will send an edited version of this one**********************************************We are rightfully preoccupied with the political theatre in

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November 30th, 2017

Every visit to India, I shamelessly ask my mother to make some of my favorite dishes.  Of course, everything that she cooked was divine.  But, even there, we all had our own favorites.A few years ago, I asked if she could make keppa-dosai (கேப்பை தோசை).  Mother's r

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