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July 20th, 2018

The thief left it behind

The thief, left it behind:The moonat the window.Every single day is a humbling experience that I don't know anything.  How could one possibly know it all anyway.  But, the fact that we couldn't possibly know it all should mean that every one of us should be humble to the core,

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July 19th, 2018

I shared with a few colleagues the higher-education related ethical issue that K.A. Appiah discusses in his NY Times column.In his reply, one colleague wrote:I am exceptionally pleased to discover that "The Ethicist" for the New York Times i

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July 18th, 2018

Up until very recently, when we wanted to buy anything, we wore something relatively decent and walked or drove or took a bus to the shopping area.  The mall.  Which, of course, confused me when I was new to the country because the place to buy stuff is a mall, and an important landmark in the country's capital is

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July 17th, 2018

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

After more than two decades, all of us--except my brother--went to the town where we had spent a good chunk of our lives.  A town that makes us recall nothing but good times, even though the ending was not what we would have scripted.

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July 16th, 2018

These days, I wonder if what the white nationalistic folks are really afraid of is this: The "superiority" of the past three hundred years is rapidly ending because the browns no longer kowtow to the melanin-challenged.  And their globally aware white nationalist leaders are fully in the know that the vast brown world,

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July 13th, 2018

Anger is everywhere these days.  From what I read, I understand that cable television news is pretty much about anger and hate. We humans are strange.  We are easy with public demonstration of negative feelings like anger and hate, but find it difficult--even in the privacy of the home--to tell an

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July 12th, 2018

Wreck-it Ralph

By now, we ought to be used to him.  But, we can't.  The guy destroys one good thing after another, and then goes outside the country in order to destroy one good thing after another.However, we ought to give the guy credit for one thing: Unlike other politicians who say one thing while campaigning and

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July 11th, 2018

I usually stay away from blogging about the old country for a simple reason: I have long give up on India.I know, it pains me to write that, and to say that I have given up on India.  But, the nature of my profession and my personality means that I end up saying and writing unpleasant assessments of life.

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July 10th, 2018

Consider the following sentences:I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever “fixed” at the Philadelphia Convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice exhibited by the Framers particularly profound. To the contrary, the government they devised was defective

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July 9th, 2018

There's something remarkable about breaking bread together.When we share food, it is more than merely about food, as I quickly realized when I came to the US.Siddiqqi, who was Pakistan, or

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July 7th, 2018

My city is one of the many all across the country that are struggling to reconfigure the recycling collection, now that China has given us

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July 6th, 2018

Many of the self-righteous, Bible-thumping, Jesus-loving "principled" Republicans voted for their party's candidate, despite everything about his life being un-Christian, for one important reason: Abortion and the fetus.

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July 5th, 2018

Europe has become an anti-immigrant continent.  Germany, too, where its chancellor is fighting to hold on to her job, which is under threat because of her past strong support for immigrants, especially

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