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A recent article in the Sunday New York Times Style section discussed the issue of sleepless middle-aged women.  The piece, entitled,  “Mother’s New Little Helper—What gets many women through stressful days?  A little pill they take at night” was a little misleading.  Yes, it’s true that the use of...
I happen to be on a plane right now bound for New York.   I’m trying to figure out what it is that I go through every time I choose to get on a plane.  Flying is very necessary for me.  I won’t stop doing it.  I need to go visit my family and friends wherever they may be.  I would rather be beamed to my...
November 2, 2011 This is the date of the first general strike in Oakland since 1946 and the world was watching as 1000’s of people headed out to the plaza then marched on the Port in four separate waves. Much of the day was peaceful. The day was filled with speakers, sharing, networking, community support, food, community and marches. The...
I have just met Dasein. No, not just the ordinary run-of-the-mill average Being-in-the-World Dasein we’ve come to know and hyphenate simply because we are beings who necessarily must relate to our World. No, this is real, honest-to-whatever-higher-power-you-may-or-may-not-believe-in Dasein. The kind of Dasein for whom its Being would be...
One of the key tenants of Existentialism – and one of the key lessons of life – is that you have to accept the consequences of your actions. Ducking responsibility can only last so long, and inevitably makes things worse. Even if you “get away” with it socially you’re scarred by it psychologically, living with a sense...
I was not aware of SlutWalks until I listened to Marty Moss-Coane of Radio Times on WHYY Radio interview two women about the SlutWalk scheduled for Philadelphia that occurred on August 6th.  SlutWalks started in April in Toronto when women reacted to advice given by a police officer that “Women should avoid dressing like sluts in order...
Questions about work are ubiquitous in Western culture because in many ways we equate “work” with “self.”  We don’t ask children “who do you want to be when you grow up?” we ask them “what do you want to do when you grow up?”  Similarly, when we first meet someone we are more likely...
Our big, white Samoyed, Kenai, is as gentle as a lamb.  Children hang on her neck and pull on her tail, and she just smiles and playfully licks them.  But, let an unwelcome animal in her fenced yard and she becomes a fierce protector.  Possums, raccoons and rabbits have learned to stay away from her enclosed space. Nevertheless, one...
Partisan politics reached a new low in the summer of 2011, most notably with the horrendous goings-on surrounding the debt-ceiling crisis. And afterwards, most of pundits seemed to believe that no one really won, although John Boehner, the House Speaker, claimed he got “98 percent” of what he wanted, according to CBS News. Some felt...
Baseball is arguably the ultimate existential sport – and I have been a Mets fan from birth.  I would like to say that for me, being a Mets fan has been genetically encoded—an existential given—even though I know it is impossible having been born to a Yankees fan and a Minnesota Twins fan just a few years after the Mets came...
When pondering the dilemma of being a human being and a member of the human race in these increasingly chaotic and radically shifting times, I sometimes feel overwhelmed trying to make some kind of sense out of it all. We find ourselves filled with so much awareness and energy, alive with the potential for unimaginable creativity and...
At the risk of sounding melodramatic and extremist, I want to suggest that our culture is currently facing a crisis of epidemic proportions regarding the extent to which personal responsibility has been exiled from our identity and character. America is not, on the whole, a nation of responsible individuals; America is predominantly a nation of...