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On human nature and hope

It has been a terrible few days.

The intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been wound up several notches, and a civilian airliner has been shot down, apparently by Russian-backed separatists who mistook it for a Ukrainian military aircraft. 394 more words

Unexpectedly Marking Time

As I was reminded over the last few days, a good stomach bug will knock your intentions flat. Among other things, that means I’m currently at the same reading point I was when I closed my books early Thursday evening. 443 more words

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Choose Your Form of Frustration

I reached voting age right in the middle of the former Yugoslavia’s self-implosion, so that entire, painful conflict still looms large for me, just as a Cold War atmosphere defined my childhood. 845 more words