ECON 101

Apr 05

ECON 101

WHERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO? For that matter, where does it come from, and why don’t we have more of it? Robert Reich’s 2013 documentary, Inequality for All, explains the facts clearly. We hear a lot about the 1% and the growing gap between not just the rich and the poor, but the rich and the middle class. This one’s worth watching. Here are the...

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2Cellos

Mar 16

2Cellos

IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE IN TOKYO, JAPAN next weekend, and the concert wasn’t already sold out, you could experience the amazing duo, 2Cellos.  You’ve never seen anyone play the cello like this! Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, winners of multiple international competitions, introduced to many of us through Elton John’s rave reviews, will blow your...

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The Tao of Pooh

Apr 13

The Tao of Pooh

ONE OF MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS,  Benjamin Hoff’s classic,  THE TAO OF POOH, and the companion text, THE TE OF PIGLET, illuminates the key concepts of Taoism through the Winnie the Pooh characters.  His relaxed, conversational style fits one of the main principles of Taoism, we wei wu wei, or “effortless doing”, and pu, the concept of being open...

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The Empathic Civilization

Mar 20

The Empathic Civilization

CAN PEOPLE CHANGE?  That’s the question.  If we have any hope for the future, we need to believe that people, individually or as families, societies, nations or a global species, can change. Here’s a TED conference presentation that touches on that topic.  Worth a watch.  As a cultural anthropologist, these ideas are not new, but the current brain...

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ArtFinder.com

Mar 16

ArtFinder.com

TIME FOR A WEBSITE REVIEW!  When I see an email from artfinder.com, a cool UK site to buy original art, I can’t wait to open it and see what piece they’ve picked to riff on today.  I often glean some new insight or bit of trivia about the artist or their work from the short blurb that accompanies each featured work. They’re a business, but a...

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A Murder of Crows

Feb 19

A Murder of Crows

CONSIDER THE CROW.  What do we know about them? Not much.  Poe’s The Raven. Harbingers of Evil.  Witches’ familiars.  Noisy.  Unbeautiful.  Thieves. We think of them so negatively, that a group of crows is called a murder.  How did they get such a bad reputation? In reality, crows are highly intelligent. They not only make tools like humans and...

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