STAN

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity  and grace, making the best of circumstances.—Aristotle   That's Stan Foreman. I found him in the June 2016 alumni magazine from The University of Washington, Columns. Gary recognized him right away. But then yes, I could see it too. Stan is a part of my [...]

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PASS WORD

This isn't where I thought I'd be. Everything is increasingly complex. My husband wanted to buy a copy of a Moody Blues CD that he already owned. Except he wanted the one with the half dozen bonus tracks. He's looked for it in stores. He looked on Amazon and Amazon Marketplace. He found a new copy [...]

COLLUSION

From The New York Times: "According to the memo, officials laid out a “multipronged rationale” for spying on Mr. Page, including his past interactions with Russian spies, and informed the court of a counterintelligence investigation then underway into the Kremlin’s covert influence campaign. "Mr. Page, a former investment banker based in Moscow, had been on [...]

MEDIA LITERACY

I used to teach a unit on "media literacy" when I had high school sophomores. We looked at how advertising impacts consumers, the varied uses of propaganda, and the growth of social media. It was as much wanting as information. Media is not designed to be fair. For years, I also forbade juniors from writing [...]

TREATING DEPRESSION

"Better to be on meds than dead." The psychiatrist was talking about a mutual friend she believed was being improperly medicated. He was depressed and not feeling "right" on his medication, but the alternative was not to be considered. Without medication he was suicidal. The Lancet has published a review of research concerning antidepressants, a meta-analysis, [...]