Skip to content

Month: July 2013

Endless Summer

“Agamemnon, aggression, Agnew (Spiro), agnosticism, agreement (grammar), agribusiness, air pollution, air quality index, Akron, Ohio.” E.D. Hirsch, Jr.: Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know, c. 1987 This is a sample from a book-length list some guy put together to help culturally illiterate people catch up with their more educated fellows. Of course, cultural ignorance is hard to define, and snobby to even contemplate.…

Leave a Comment

Soul Chicken

“For most of us, knowledge of our world comes largely through sight, yet we look about with such unseeing eyes that we are partially blind. One way to open your eyes to unnoticed beauty is to ask yourself, “What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see it again?” Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder     Questions…

Leave a Comment

No Parents in the World are Wrong

“For a son to strike a parent was an offense punishable by decapitation, even if no injury was caused to the parent. But a parent could beat his son with impunity, and would suffer only the mildest of punishment if the son were to die. A parent could have his son punished by beating or banishment for drunkenness, laziness, gambling, disobedience, or almost any behavior…

Leave a Comment

Accidentally on Purpose

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   AFV Official Rules AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES SEASON XXIV 2013 – 2014 Cara Communications Corporation (d/b/a Vin Di Bona Productions) is the sponsor of the Season XXIV contest (“Contest”) and the producer (“Producer”) of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (the “Program” or “AFV”), a television series featuring home videos and seeking submission by members of the public of their…

Leave a Comment

Pushing the Broom

  –“At certain periods a nation may be oppressed by such insupportable evils as to conceive the design of effecting a total change in its political constitution; at other times, the mischief lies still deeper and the existence of society itself is endangered. Such are the times of great revolutions and of great parties. But between these epochs of misery and confusion there are periods…

Leave a Comment

Sensitive is the New Depressed

[flowplayer src=’’ splash=’’]   “A subject would leave at midday with a variety of goals—withdraw money from the bank, buy dinner supplies at the grocer’s, pick up laundry at the dry cleaner’s, and so forth. But, typically, if she arrived at the bank and found a long line, the woman would stand at the end rather than choosing to move on to the next task.…

Leave a Comment

The Artful Reciprocator

“While we’re on the topic of reciprocation, allow me to digress and provide two power tips I learned from Robert Cialdini, the author of Influence: Science and Practice. First, when you’ve done something for someone, and the person thanks you, the optimal response is ‘I know you would do the same for me.’ In other words, let them know that they owe you. Second, when…

Leave a Comment

Pin It on Pinterest