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Fixing the Small Problems

I accept that we can’t solve the big problems in America (and around the world) because there’s just too much divergence of opinion and animosity to the opposite point of view. But it turns out we can’t solve even a lot of smaller problems either – like changing the clocks twice a year. With big issues like climate change, inequality, Covid-19 and inflation, there are plenty of loud voices pushing for their side’s solutions. On climate change, for example, ExxonMobil, ...
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God or Not God

There is evidence of God everywhere. And there is evidence of the lack of a God everywhere. It all depends on your point of view. Some point to the intricacies of life, the sheer magnitude of chance that brought about creatures such as humans, with all their complexities, as proof that they could only have come from God. Others point to the archaeological records that show unmistakable evidence of evolution and assert that if we evolved from lesser creatures, there ...
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My Garage, My Driveway

When I first moved into my home, there was no garage, only a small shed for storing tools and my one-human-power reel lawnmower, which gave me plenty of exercise. The previous owners of the property made do for nearly thirty years parking on the street or the gravel driveway that ended in front of a small fence. My shed sufficed for several years and perhaps would have served me longer, but a particularly heavy snowfall one winter caused the roof ...
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Exercise: Is It Really Good for You?

We’ve been told for decades that exercise is good for us, that it will keep us feeling better, healthier, and even lengthen our lives. But is that really true? Certainly exercise strengthens the heart and improves circulation, which raises the oxygen levels in the body. It lowers the risk of heart diseases like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and as we age, it reduces the amount of bone loss we might otherwise experience. It also keeps our weight down ...
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