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Survivor’s Guilt

“Isn’t she supposed to be dead by now?” I fear those words may be whispered behind my back as I go out in public. It’s true. I couldn't blame the whisperers. I was supposed to be dead. I thought I would be by now too. So why am I not...

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Euphemism can’t hide Kings’ nasty business

Dec 17, 2014

“Philosophical differences” – now there’s a lofty phrase that suggests deep analysis by thoughtful individuals contemplating the nature of truth. Think of Plato vs. Aristotle,  Augustine vs. Aquinas or 17th century political theorists Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. But “philosophical … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
What Christmas Means For Our Health

What Christmas Means For Our Health

There’s a poignant scene in the animated TV classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where Charlie Brown, frustrated with the over-commercialization of the holiday, exclaims, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” To this, his trusty sidekick Linus responds by reciting the story of Jesus’ birth as described in the book...

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Firing of Kings coach Malone shows no class

Dec 15, 2014

Here’s a bush league move by the Sacramento Kings: they dump the coach who has led the struggling team to its best start in years like a sack of garbage. If you woke up this morning and were surprised – … Continue reading

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Should players accept tainted victory?

Dec 11, 2014

Oklahoma County District Court Judge Bernard Jones this morning rejected a move to put the Oklahoma state high school football playoffs on hold and allow the replaying of a disputed quarterfinal game. The controversy, as I wrote yesterday, arose when … Continue reading

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Is court the remedy for refs’ blunder in high school game?

Dec 10, 2014

Here’s the messy situation: Referees in a quarterfinal game of the Oklahoma state football playoffs misinterpreted a rule and invalidated a go-ahead touchdown with 64 seconds left to play, costing an Oklahoma City high school team its shot at playing in … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
The Promise and Potential of Compassion

The Promise and Potential of Compassion

It would seem that over the years the widely accepted definition of compassion – that is, a feeling of deep sympathy coupled with the desire to alleviate the suffering of others – has been watered down somewhat.


Take the word “alleviate.” While alleviating someone’s pain might include the actual removal of it, it really just...

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The Bee should reflect on its own Vietnam War role

Dec 8, 2014

After stirring up Vietnam War memories for the past two weeks, the Sacramento Bee discovered that “the wounds of the Vietnam War, though it ended almost 40 years ago, still seem raw.” I read that line in an editor’s note … Continue reading

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What do you say to a guy who spits in the communal shower?

Dec 3, 2014

Some people have a gift for resolving minor irritations with tact and humor. I wish I had their deft touch. I tend to let annoyances build up until I either retreat or overreact. A friendly observer once told me that … Continue reading

Consciousness and Health
Does Being Spiritual and Religious Make You Uncool?

Does Being Spiritual and Religious Make You Uncool?

The Ariel Atom is one of the quickest cars on earth, reaching a speed of 100 km/h in just under 2.5 seconds. Even faster is the time between when some people say “I’m spiritual” and “but not religious,” as if within those few milliseconds they might be mistaken for someone misguided, deluded or just...

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