The Samaritan’s Dilemma, Part 3

Is giving ingrained in us?  Do we have to do it?  Just because we know it’s right? A couple of stories from The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor.  Here, the author Deborah Stone, quotes the “Metropolitan Diary” of the New York Times: “Ned Helfand was walking past Madison Square Garden recently when a […]

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The Samaritan’s Dilemma, Part 2

Is there such a thing as altruism?  True altruism? I’m a little farther along in The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor? by Deborah Stone.  The chapter I’m reading now is about altruism–does it really exist?  Thomas Hobbes (1651) felt that every act of kindness is really just a form of caring for one’s […]

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Momma Zen

I just ordered this book for my friend Molly.  I can’t even tell you how many people I’ve ordered this book for–that’s how much it got to me. Oddly enough, I found it tucked into a Poets & Writers article (which, if you’re a writer, you should be subscribing to) called “Writer as Parent: No […]

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The Samaritan’s Dilemma, Part 1

Okay, so I’m 60 pages into a new book called The Samaritan’s Dilemma: Should Government Help Your Neighbor? by Deborah Stone. You know the drill.  You pull up to a stoplight, and there’s a panhandler holding up a cardboard sign, saying something along the lines of “Will Work for Food” or “Hungry.  Lost job.”  You […]

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Regina Spektor

This song makes me happy–just a little ear candy for today. Perfect for a blog inauguration, don’t you think?  Turn it up and sing along. Regina Spektor – Fidelity Uploaded by reginaspektor. – Watch more music videos, in HD!

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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