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The Scream

You wouldn’t expect an American to suffer much culture shock in Ireland; so similar are the two nations’ customs and values. But after a month living in a remote area of northwest Ireland I felt disconnected and discouraged. The people … Continue reading

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The Need to Read

For book lovers, being stuck in a place without something good to read can be a painful affair. I found myself in that position recently in the remote, small town of Buncrana, Ireland. I finished the books I had on … Continue reading

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I Dig Your Mirth

In the late 1970s I lived in a rural university town where a significant number of people were thought of as hippies. They rejected prevailing bourgeois values and led back-to-the-land lifestyles. I respected their bold, independent ways and imagined myself … Continue reading

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The True Explorer

It may seem trite to say life is a journey, but few metaphors are more apt for describing the human experience. Personal insight and awareness often have the same gradual, unfolding nature that mirrors the action of putting one foot … Continue reading

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Let Me Count the Ways…

When I was a little boy I learned numbers long before I could identify letters. I went around “reading” numbers and speaking them aloud wherever I saw them, probably driving my parents to distraction, though they didn’t let on. Counting … Continue reading

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Your Sex Life on Porn

Once I was invited to the off-campus home of some male college students.  As I approached the front door I could see through an opening in the curtain of the large picture window.  The TV was on and they were … Continue reading

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Extremism At Its Finest

When Adolf Hitler and the Nazis rose to power in the 1930s, another radical social movement was gaining ground in the United States.  This movement had to flop, many believed, not only because the problem it addressed was so intractable, … Continue reading

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