Category Archives: social commentary

Afraid of the Robots

Artificial Intelligence scares me. Terrifies me. In my own human, intelligent, rational brain I know that AI means different things and has many different levels. I know, for example, that my internet search engine is a form of artificial intelligence. … Continue reading

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Off the Wall

If you ever have the chance to be in a flash mob…do it. I’ve been participating in a dance workshop that will end in a performance, but along the way our teacher decided it would be fun for us to … Continue reading

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The Man (or Woman) in the Arena

I’ve been contemplating this quote by Theodore Roosevelt for the past couple of days: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have … Continue reading

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Not a Choice

All-American football player Michael Sam came out today. He did it before he went up for the draft in the NFL. If this scenario isn’t more proof (as if we needed more of it) that homosexuality is not a “lifestyle … Continue reading

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“I’ll Be Back”: The New Classics and Cultural Literacy

The other night my family watched the original Die Hard movie. To me it feels like a classic, one of those movies that you need to know to be culturally literate. Then it struck me how much things have changed. … Continue reading

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We are better than this

I’m going to chime in on the flurry surrounding the FYI post. In case you are unaware of what I’m talking about, a mother of three teenage boys posted on her blog about how she and her family were upset … Continue reading

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The Perfect 10

Young female gymnasts devote their lives to achieving perfection. Perfection. Think about it. How often are most of us striving for perfection? Doing well, yes. Doing our best, yes. But absolute, Perfect 10, perfection? It probably doesn’t happen much in … Continue reading

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Spontaneous or staged? Do we care?

Did you see the video going around of the young couple who were singing at the gas pump on Jay Leno? If not, check it out: When I first watched the video I loved it. I thought, wow, that guy … Continue reading

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Defeating Evil with Compassion

How do we fight evil? With more force, bigger weapons, anger, hate? What do our stories teach us? Let’s look at my favorite three examples: Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. In each story, there is a … Continue reading

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The Gift of Mortality, Part II—Choosing to Die

J.R.R. Tolkien gave his Men the “gift” of mortality. They could die, unlike the Elves, whose lives were connected to Middle Earth itself. As I wrote in a previous blog, Tolkien thought that mortality was a blessing given to his … Continue reading

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