| Oct 20, 2012

Then and now

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I remember well my first Halloween in Japan, mostly because I was invited to speak about it at a junior high. Trick or treating? Kids in sheets with peep holes? Jack O’ Lanterns? I might have been lecturing about life on Mars. And now? ...

| Aug 25, 2012

A plan for a healthy TV diet

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The world is going to pieces. I know because the television told me so. Global warming, economic meltdown, regional conflicts, partisan politics, Justin Bieber. Is there anything good happening? Anywhere? “The problem,” says my luncheon mate, “is not the world. It’s you.” Now how ...

| Jul 14, 2012

The fear of phobias

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A peek at “The Phobia List,” a webpage cataloging the accrued fears of our mighty human race, finds a list of over 500 documented phobias. Some on the list are interesting all by themselves. Such as . . . Barophobia — Fear of gravity ...

| Jun 2, 2012

A different health standard

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It was Friday the 13th. And two health officials showed up at our door. Not doctors. Desk workers. With the unblinking gaze of brains on hold. “You’re a 57-year-old male,” said one. “You’re latest health check shows you have bum kidneys. You’d better watch ...