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Forgiveness has often been a recommended course of action for personal well-being, growth, and improved relationships. Forgiveness is a part of many world religions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism (Domino, 2009). Many people who have been wounded have heard the well-intentioned advice to "forgive and forget," to "...
Ludwig Devrient as King Lear, circa 1769.
The answer seems obvious to most of us—but some neuroscientists tell us that we’re just not reading them right: the brain is sweeter and more temperate. Richard Friedman, a clinical psychiatrist, wrote a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times that is the latest iteration of this case. The brain’s reward circuitry, he writes,...
The 1763 John Baskerville Bible.
A friend commented last night that the whole country is going to Hell because Mr. Obama won the general election, and we voted for a lesbian senator. "Hell" here is capitalized because this friend meant it literally. We are not living Biblically and are therefore Hell-bound. I wanted to retort angrily. Oh, so many angry retorts on the tip of my...
Photo by Mark Wolfe.
I hate standing on lines. There are very few things for which I will actually wait. Years back, I waited on line in book store to meet Jimmy Stewart, that great icon of American cinema. I wait on line to get a good seat for my bus trips. I once waited on line for 60 hours for U2 tickets but that experience spoiled the show. The band could never...
It was about 6am when I embarked on a training ride on a cool Sunday morning. The house was quiet, and the only sounds were mine as I filled water bottles with ice water, pumped my tires, and opened and shut the door on my way out. The air seemed crisp and clear. The crank-set of my racing bike seemed smooth and so mechanistic. I was aware that it...

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