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Sunday Snippet: Sir David Attenborough

April 20th, 2014

“There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive. This is the story of how a few of them came to be as they are.” I’ve always enjoyed watching nature documentaries. It’s fascinating to peer into the lives of different [...]

Sunday Snippet: Malcolm Gladwell

April 13th, 2014

“But the better answer is that Hotchkiss has simply fallen into the trap that wealthy people and wealthy institutions and wealthy countries—all Goliaths—too often fall into: the school assumes that the kinds of things that wealth can buy always translate into real-world advantages.” I’ve been listening to Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book, David and Goliath, in [...]

Sunday Snippet: William Bruce Cameron

April 6th, 2014

“It would be nice if all of the data which sociologists require could be enumerated because then we could run them through IBM machines and draw charts as the economists do. However, not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” One of the most convenient ways to measure [...]

Sunday Snippet: John Updike (1932 – 2009)

March 30th, 2014

“We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings… Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.” Let me start by saying that I don’t exactly agree with what American novelist John Updike had to say in the quote above. We [...]

On Living the Complete Life

March 27th, 2014

A little over six years ago, I wrote how I thought the single greatest key to happiness is novelty. Perhaps that was a little naive of me. Novelty is still something that I feel we all want in our lives. We value our stability and predictability, to be sure, but we also want to sample [...]