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My son Roger is a studious sort. He has a contemplative manner about him, which is pretty impressive when you realize he’s just over a month old. Looking into his eyes is like looking into the eyes of a wise, pudgy genius who drools just a little bit — which is actually pretty normal in […]

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As I’m sure you already know, today is Feb. 20. And, as I’m sure you also know, today is World Day of Social Justice. One of our most storied and beloved holidays, it was enacted way back in 2009 by the United Nations General Assembly, all in order to combat poverty, exclusion and unemployment. And […]

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I’ve been teaching English this semester at a local high school, and the experience working with high school seniors has taught me a few things about love. Whoa! Wait! Not like that! I just meant that the whole high school experience reminds me of what love really means, because nowhere in the world is love […]

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And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, “I need a caretaker.” So God made a farmer. And on the ninth day, God saw that the farmers were doing one heckuva job taking care of the things that really mattered, like calves and corn and brush fires, and he […]

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If you haven’t already noticed, you’ve been feeling pretty blue this week. Don’t worry; it’s not your fault. What? You say you’ve been doing OK? Your new workout routine seems to be working? No. That’s incorrect. You see, scientists have definitively proven, via a complicated system of tests, algorithms and talking to people (which is […]

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My mother raised me well. Well, to be more precise, my mother raised me effectively. For instance, I was always expected to hold the church door open for the old ladies trudging slowly in. If I claimed to have a fever before school, I was forced to produce vomit, or else. And I had to […]

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