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When your world ends at 6 a.m.

April 29, 2011

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It’s my wife’s fault. She ruined me. I’m not even sure if existence exists because of what she did.

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Thinkers thinking the formerly unthinkable …

February 19, 2011

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Wow. The moral high ground is actually more practical. Something to think about.

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Watch Out. The Impossible Could Be Possible

February 16, 2011

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Hear the imperative once more: Smile boldly. Cuddle up. Nuzzle and snuggle in a bear-hug frenzy of interfaith empathy and love. Let’s be so cotton-candy sweet we spread acne and cavities … Mi casa tu casa …”

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A letter to the Egyptians: Keep proving me wrong

February 12, 2011

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Dear Egyptian People: I hereby admit it. You astonished me. I didn’t think you’d pull it off. Skeptical me could only imagine a grim display in an ugly future … You can even make fun of my continuing worries in this blog’s comments. I’d love to be a laughing stock …

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The Price of Convenient Falsehood, Part 2

September 19, 2010

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Imagine yourself. You’re a typical working-stiff alien in a cloaked vessel 400 miles above the Earth. Your unit’s mission: Keep an eye on those niggling humans. Your individual specialty: Raucous America. Your conclusion: No deep-space bonus was worth … this.

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A round-up of thoughtful thinkers thinking thoughtfully — I think

September 14, 2010

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I’m still floored by yesterday’s discovery. It’s as if I unearthed a thirst-quenching pool in a dune-filled desert. I actually stumbled across depth, insight and acumen. Really. No kidding. Thinkers are thinking after all. There is wisdom beyond the rants of talking heads — and the people in the street (or at their laptops, at least) deserve to know. Today’s mission is to bring their thoughts to the foreground. Call this a “brain-power round up.”

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Grabbing Peacemaker Mojo

September 9, 2010

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It’s time for the peacemakers to get savvy in a lurid culture – even now, at this stage, when we’re clutching the polished vacuum cleaner after the salesman leaves with his I’ve-just-conned-another-sucker grin and our faces are tomato-red and the thoughts fly: I’ve been tricked, hoodwinked, duped … had! What happened? How’d we get here? Why?

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What Would Jesus Do? And other important questions about Christians, Cordoba House and book burning

September 8, 2010

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On Saturday September 11, the United States will once again relive the horrors of the attack on the World Trade Center nine years ago. I’m writing this on a September morning very much like that morning: cool, crisp and clear. The day’s events pushed our nation into its two longest wars, first in Afghanistan and then Iraq, and jolted us into sudden awareness of Islam – or, more especially, of a radical, fundamentalist form and its loose terrorist network, which will be with us for a long time. These terrorists have killed and maimed more Muslims than non-Muslims.

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Singing the praises of stubborn mules who carried rifles that looked like clarinets

July 2, 2010

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Puritans are now viewed as grim, witch-burning anti-intellectuals ready to leap from the bushes and pin scarlet letters on innocent hikers. So you can imagine my plight: I want to look past their foibles. I want to celebrate their heritage on this July 4th and see their contributions, fully aware of the skeletons rattling in their closets.

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Enfield: When The Attack Dogs Come To Town, Part 3

July 1, 2010

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There’s an invisible trail in Enfield, Connecticut. Call it the path of “What-ifs?” leading to “Might-Have-Beens.”

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