This next Pew is likely to offend, although it is not my intention. I hope to create dialogue and discussion, and say what I am about to say with an open mind. I wouldn’t want to be the same person I was twenty years ago in attitudes. Time and experience has taught me a great…

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There is but one thing of value — to cultivate truth and justice, and to live without anger, in the midst of lying and unjust man. — Marcus Aurelius. Anger is an interesting emotion. Many wise philosophers counsel against anger, yet others say we must be angry at injustice and prejudice. Maybe I need to find…

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I have difficulty finding comfortable socks. It has something to do with the size of my feet and legs. When I do find a comfortable pair, I tend to wear them a lot to the point of them becoming holey and threadbare. That’s when they become really comfortable, but I have to be careful with…

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Charles Blow wrote a nice piece in Monday’s Times. It was titled My Second Phase of Adulthood. He must be much younger than I am, because he said he had just attended his second funeral in about six months and it caused him to realize he was “now fully entrenched in the second phase of adulthood.” His…

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The organizational psychologist Adam Grant wrote piece for The Times this week about languishing, which he calls the forgotten middle child of mental health: a state of void that isn’t burnout, nor depression, but a kind of joyless aimlessness. I commend it to you. Languishing is a tough condition to combat, Grant says. It leaves us…

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