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June 24, 2015

Another two fine pieces by Theodore Dalrymple

"On Sentimentality and Compassion".

No doubt the initial impulse to avoid the easy and uncompromising censoriousness of a bygone age was both understandable and laudable: but Man is not only a political animal, he is a judging animal. To pretend to make no judgments is to make a judgment, and one with bad consequences at that.

"All This I Had Forgotten".

I have scores, if not hundreds of such notebooks, many of which, but for the handwriting, seem to have little connection with me, that is to say my current version of me, though it was undoubtedly I who wrote in them. Perhaps there are people who have recorded their lives much more systematically than I, but there must be even more who have left even less record behind.

June 15, 2015

*This* is charity done right

Beautiful: "Inspired by Paralyzed Army Vet, Lancaster Students Build Him a New Home".

I would preach this to the young people: You want to make the world better, fine. The world gets better one person, one day at a time. Help somebody whose name you know, whose story you know a little about.

June 10, 2015

For now, they've got the Romneys beat

"Illinois couple welcomes their 100th grandchild".

May 21, 2015

"I’m a die-hard liberal. It ruined my parenting."

Fortunately, she seems to have modified her behavior in time.

May 20, 2015

"One thing about life everyone should know before turning 46"

Ask not for whom the Midlife Crisis comes, it comes for you.

May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

"25 Famous Women on Their Mothers".

12. Diane von Furstenberg
“I didn’t used to talk nearly as much about my mother. I took her for granted, as children do their mothers. It was not until she died in 2000 that I fully realized what an incredibly huge influence she had been on me and how much I owe her. Like any child, I hadn’t paid much attention. I’d brush her off, or even pretend not to hear. I bridled, too, at the unsolicited advice she persisted in giving my friends.  Now, of course, I feel I have had the experience and earned the wisdom to hand out my own unsolicited advice, and I press every lesson my mother taught me on my children, grandchildren, and anyone I talk to. I have become her.”

May 08, 2015

"An Army Special Forces officer shares 5 secrets to overcoming adversity"

The first secret is "Prepare, prepare, prepare".

May 02, 2015

"This Guy Was Enjoying A Scenic Drive When Suddenly, It Appeared The World Was Ending."

I don't know about the "world ending," but it would have shook me up.

April 27, 2015

"Matsuoka Shuzo, 'Never Give Up!'"

Start your week with this. (Link via Economics Job Market Rumors.)

April 21, 2015

"Behind every successful woman is a nagging mom? Teenage girls more likely to succeed if they have pushy mothers"

I'll give this a big "Maybe".

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