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New York—home of the Big Apple, the state of opportunity, a region far more diverse than many others—is more than just New York City with its Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Bronx, a place peopled by hundreds of different cultures—it is also the historic New Netherland, the remainder of a […]

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Happiness is an elusive and desirable concept. Everyone is looking for it, but it seems that few people find it. According to a new study conducted by an economics professor from the University of Warwick and Hamilton College, happiness can be attained, at least in the state of Louisiana. In […]

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Today at sundown marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the eight day Jewish Festival of Lights. Instituted to celebrate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the festival is observed by lighting the eight candles in a menorah, eating, the recitation of scripture, and the giving of gifts. Coincidently it’s […]

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Innovation: it’s a word that conjures up images of scientific advances—meat in Petri jars, prosthetic limbs, the next big as-seen-on-TV product. It is also, as David Brooks reminds us, something viewed as quintessential to the American self-portrait: America prides itself on innovation. But what meaning does the word carry that […]

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Last week when I read an article in the New York Times discussing the first full-length Hebrew translation of Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan—a translation which appeared only last month. “While the first two parts have long been available in translation, the third and fourth parts — in which Hobbes addresses religion […]

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Yesterday, November 29, 2009, marked the beginning of Advent, the first day in the year of liturgical Western Christian churches. Falling on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, the holiday was celebrated around the world in churches by the lighting of candles, the recitation of certain Biblical verses pertaining to the […]

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A picture may say a thousand words, but what about a flower? Last week in Singapore, while the world leaders convened to discuss politics, global climate change, and humanitarian efforts at the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting, volunteers took to the streets to hand out 45,000 long-stemmed gerber daisies (photo […]

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While my friend and I were driving through the mountains to a small Appalachian town in southwestern Virginia for their weekly bluegrass jamboree, we passed the turn-off to Green’s Garage. I explained to him that Green’s is a small food cooperative where there are no employees—everything is purchased on the […]

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The last week of October and the beginning of November brings together some fairly disparate events, holidays, and emotions. For one, especially here in the U.S., October 31 is Halloween, that strange co-opted holiday where kids dress up in cute or ghoulish costumes and beg for candy from their neighbors. […]

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In honor of Blog Action Day 2009, here is an exploration of the language used in the climate debates: Today there exist an impressive number of environmental publications, blogs, and websites dedicated to tracking and, possibly helping solve, global climate change. Grist.org , for example, prides itself on “making lemonade […]

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