Friends of a Certain Age Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30? Here is a snippet of a 3 page article in the NYT on making friends over 30. Those 3 conditions, especially the first 2 are things I miss. Local friends, I call them. They fill a very particular need in this life where I have close friends, BFFs even, all over the world. As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guardRead More →

I heard about this on the radio a year or two ago. Blew my mind. We are 90% made up of tiny organisms. 90% of what I call “me is actually a collection of bacteria and microbes. Read the article in Scientific American. Wow! The headline is a little misleading. Its not so much that we have bacteria in our bodies, it’s more that our bacteria constitute most of our body. I also have to say, that from a Buddhist perspective this is very helpful information. Saying that there is no self doesn’t mean we don’t exist in a relative way. it means that 90%Read More →

Great article by Ken McLeod about happiness, spiritual practice and life! here’s just a taste: As Don Cupitt notes in his book The Great Questions of Life, we are at the beginning possibly in the middle, but definitely not at the end of a global shift in the concept of religion, a shift away from the view of religion as a way of transcending the human condition and toward a view that religion is about embracing the human condition. He opens this talk with a description of how the use of the language of life has, over the past century, largely replaced the language ofRead More →

From Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. He also wrote this on his facebook page: There’s a class of chemicals that is linked to everything from cancer to shrinkiing penises. Big Chem is blocking regulation of these chemicals, such as BPA, which are even in food packaging. Please help spread the word! When I posted this column, a FB follower named @Scribbler_Jones made an important analogy. Everybody now acknowledges that DES is a dangerous, cancer-causing endocrine disruptor. But the link was published in 1971, and it took until 2000 to ban DES for humans. Yup, 29 years of delay. Likewise, we now have growingRead More →