The Intellectual

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Are You Media Literate?

Take a minute to think about how you view the world. What are your desires? What are your fears? What are your prejudices? Why do you have these thoughts and…

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Reclaiming Our Vocabulary

One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die. —Evelyn Waugh Noah Webster first started work on his dictionary, now known as Merriam-Webster,…

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The Danger of the Echo Chamber

NARKISSOS (or Narcissus) was a young man, a son of the river-god Kephisos and the fountain-nymph Liriope. He was celebrated for his beauty and attracted many admirers but, in his…

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A Lesson From Wendy Darling

“All children, except one, grow up.” With this oddity of a statement, James M. Barrie begins his widely adored story of Peter Pan, the eponymous tale of the boy who…

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Lady of Legacy: Gertrude Bell

Well-behaved women seldom make history. -Laurel Ulrich  The Victorian Era Great Britain was bursting at the seams. Rapid growth and developments were being made across countries. The medical, scientific, and…

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What Is Your Food And Water?

sus-te-nance, noun: means of sustaining life; nourishment. A few weeks ago, my husband and I backpacked in the mountains east of San Diego. The weather was dry and warm –…

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What Is Tolerance?

We live in a complicated world. Nobody and nothing are completely alike. It’s no surprise that when race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and belief meet, something more along the lines…