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21st Century Living

Life and relationships in the internet age

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21st Century Living

Environmentalism is not a Luxury

over 1 year ago

It’s funny that people think about how celebrities deal with environment as a luxury.  Actually, the environment is the most simple thing that anybody could think of.  This is where we live. This is what we breathe.  But we have to push people around us to do the right thing.   So I don’t think ...

21st Century Living

Should We Give Up on Mother's Day?

over 1 year ago

I’ve always been fond of Mother’s Day. During my childhood the holiday was all about champagne cake, frisbee and family picnics among cherry blossoms. These days it’s about raucous family brunches centered around the silkiest varieties of smoked fish. Yes, we give our mothers and mothers-in-law and ...

21st Century Living

In Defense of Testing

over 1 year ago

People go into education because they love students.  They want to teach students, they want to help the world.  And people who are in education want to reward each other and they want to feel good about themselves and about each other.  So there’s a natural human aversion to the painful message ...

21st Century Living

Butterfly Fly Again!

over 1 year ago

Your universe crashes. The world you had constructed in your mind falls like a tower collapsing into the dust of fallen dreams.  Like thunder in the heart, everything seems like it's capitulated - nothing makes sense in your life any more. A crisis? When an unexpected stressful event happens ...

21st Century Living

A 60 Second Commencement Address

over 1 year ago

We live in very interesting times and as a young person you are going into a very turbulent and fragile economy that is going to get better. It’s going to take a while. When you're going into an employment environment that looks pretty scary, it is easy to lose your moral compass, your decency ...