What is integrity?

Recently I had a discussion about integrity with some friends. According to the dictionary, integrity means “adherence to principles.” If you have integrity, you are good, honest and trustworthy. My friends and I decided that sometimes you have integrity when you stick to your principles and don’t change how you think. However, sometimes, too, you […]

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Splendid arrogance

“Sophia” is the Greek word for wisdom. Sophia also is a prominent figure in the Bible in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, stress Susan Cady, Marian Ronan and Hal Taussig in their interesting book Sophia—The Future of Feminist Spirituality. Sophia, these authors conclude, drives “us to action on behalf of others….May she […]

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Advocate change

Change is opportunity when it involves doing different things or doing things differently, says Mitch Joel in his new book Ctrl Alt Delete. The important word is doing. I like the idea. I sometimes get so overwhelmed thinking about change that I don’t do something about changing. I also love the title. I wish I […]

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Who’s neurotic about food?

I just read Lionel Shriver’s book Big Brother, the story of a sister who helps her obese brother lose weight. I also heard Shriver explain in an interview that she thinks all of us are neurotic about food. I have been thinking more about food recently—ever since my doctor told me that I am pre-diabetic […]

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Panic and hysteria

Lionel Shriver, author of a new book Big Brother, says that most of us are neurotic about food. I will confess. I am neurotic about food even though I lost a lot of weight following the Weight Watchers plan and I have kept it off. And, I think that Shriver might be neurotic about food, […]

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Concentrate on your strengths

Temple Grandin, professor of animal science at Colorado State University and the author of a new book The Autistic Brain—Thinking Across the Spectrum, is autistic. Of course, she isn’t the typical autistic person. That’s one point she makes in her book. There is no typical autistic person. Some people on the autistic spectrum are nonverbal, […]

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Younger than Ming

Age is relative. As Fayteen and I approach our summer birthdays, we are pleased to report that we are much younger than Ming, the longest-lived animal. According to a October 29, 2007, report in National Geographic News, researchers at Bangor University in the United Kingdom counted 405 annual growth rings in the shell of this […]

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The pursuit of happiness

When Thomas Jefferson and his colleagues signed the Declaration of Independence and declared that we have a fundamental right to “the pursuit of happiness,” they were not thinking about “yellow smiley faces, self-esteem or even feelings,” says Jon Meacham, writing in the July 8-15 issue of Time magazine. Instead, they were thinking about the “good […]

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Brave and determined

Our Founding Fathers were brave, determined, frightened men making it up as they went along, says Joseph J. Ellis, author of Revolutionary Summer. I heard Ellis speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. “None of these men was perfect,” Ellis told the audience. But, there was a great crisis, and they responded to […]

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Neurotic about food

If you’ve ever been on a diet, ever berated yourself for gaining a few pounds, ever judged someone who is overweight as unhealthy or undisciplined, I recommend that you read Lionel Shriver’s new book Big Brother. I heard Shriver discuss her book on June 12, 2013, on the Diane Rehm Show on National Public Radio, […]

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