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Why Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ideas about Happiness in Eat Pray Love are Wrong

Why Elizabeth Gilbert’s Ideas about Happiness in Eat Pray Love are Wrong

Gilbert’s ideas are popular, but many popular ideas are wrong.

What is Hygge and Why Does Everyone Love It?

What is Hygge and Why Does Everyone Love It?

What is this idea of Hygge sweeping America and what are its origins?

More Americans Find "Meaning in Life" Through Money than Faith

More Americans Find "Meaning in Life" Through Money than Faith

What makes your life meaningful? A recent Pew Research survey reveals that more Americans find meaning in money than in their faith.

Why are Parents Now Paying Children to Get Dressed?

Why are Parents Now Paying Children to Get Dressed?

Have we gone overboard on the entitlement-attitude toward chores?

New York Rings in New Year by Offering Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates

New York Rings in New Year by Offering Gender-Neutral Birth Certificates

The bill also permits parents to choose “X” on their newborn babies’ birth certificates.

'Justice' is the 'Word of the Year.' But What is 'Social Justice'?

'Justice' is the 'Word of the Year.' But What is 'Social Justice'?

Merriam-Webster has picked the word 'justice' for 2018. But are we practicing the wrong definition of the word?

 Exercise Less, Eat better and Sleep More: Lo Bosworth’s Three Tips for a Healthier 2019

Exercise Less, Eat better and Sleep More: Lo Bosworth’s Three Tips for a Healthier 2019

Busy actress and businesswoman Lo Bosworth does not work out every day and sleeps ten hours a night.

New Year's Eve: Marxism-Lennonism Revisited

New Year's Eve: Marxism-Lennonism Revisited

John Lennon's "Imagine" will be played again at the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration. For many baby boomers, this song is the new national anthem.

When We Protected Women from the Wolves

When We Protected Women from the Wolves

Yet if we step back, we can think of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” as merely a milestone in the long process that brought the culture to where it is today.

Ortega Y Gassset: Technology Is the Essence of Man

Ortega Y Gassset: Technology Is the Essence of Man

Technological advance continues and nothing seems to stop it or slow it down. Philosopher Ortega Y Gasset says that this is rooted in the nature of man. 

Chesterton On Why You Should Be A Reactionary

Chesterton On Why You Should Be A Reactionary

Chesterton did not like to be called a conservative.  He classified himself as a reactionary.  

The Transformative  Power of Forgiveness

The Transformative Power of Forgiveness

When drawing up your New Year's Resolutions, put forgiveness at the top of the list.  

Amid the Seas of Empty Asphalt, after Christmas

Amid the Seas of Empty Asphalt, after Christmas

Zoning laws have create seas of mall parking lots, mostly empty. Whole small towns could have been built in their place.

Six Ways to Teach and  Practice Gratitude

Six Ways to Teach and Practice Gratitude

Learning to be grateful is good preparation for the blows and setbacks of life.  

Human Freedom Index 2018

Human Freedom Index 2018

CATO has published its 2018 Human Freedom Index.  Personal and economic freedom has been increasing around the world, with the exception of the Middle East and North Africa.  

What a Woman

What a Woman

If you are looking for a New Year's Day read, then look no further than Camille Pagilia's  Provocations.  

The Ongoing Decline of the American Male

The Ongoing Decline of the American Male

Time to raise men with chests?

Saying You’re Against Fascists Doesn’t Excuse Acting Like One

Saying You’re Against Fascists Doesn’t Excuse Acting Like One

Despite claims that Antifa fights fascism, the group's tactics actually mirror those of Benito Mussolini's regime.

My German Christmas with Strangers

My German Christmas with Strangers

A German family I had never met invited me to spend Christmas at their home.   These hospitable strangers became life-long friends. 

10 Reasons for America’s High Divorce Rate

10 Reasons for America’s High Divorce Rate

Have you ever wondered why the numbers run so high?

Three Dangerous Philosophical Novels

Three Dangerous Philosophical Novels

More reading suggestions for the serious reader.  

The Great War Christmas Truce: ‘They Were Positively Human’

The Great War Christmas Truce: ‘They Were Positively Human’

On Christmas Day of 1914, at least 100,000 British and German troops stopped fighting, climbed out of their trenches  and met each other in No-Man's-Land.  

Santa’s Healthy Tips: Throw Away the Pudding and Eat the Sixpence

Santa’s Healthy Tips: Throw Away the Pudding and Eat the Sixpence

Christmas should be a time for food, lots of it. Ignore the calorie scolds. You can diet the rest of the year.

Walker Percy's Diagnosis of American Depression Is Still True

Walker Percy's Diagnosis of American Depression Is Still True

Walker Percy thinks that depression has philosophical roots. Materialism leads to a loss of human dignity, and that leads to depression.

The Victorian Story-Teller who Made Christmas Scary

The Victorian Story-Teller who Made Christmas Scary

If you are looking for a great Christmas ghost story, then the Victorian M.R. James should be on your reading list.  

America’s Got Talent and It’s All around Us

America’s Got Talent and It’s All around Us

You have heard the cliche:  people are America's greatest resource.   Well, it's true.  

Forget Mary Poppins: Three Reasons Real-Life Nannies Are Ruining Childhood

Forget Mary Poppins: Three Reasons Real-Life Nannies Are Ruining Childhood

Real-life nannies aren't all they're cracked up to be.

The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’

The Humble Origins of ‘Silent Night’

Over the centuries, hundreds of Christmas carols have been composed. Many fall quickly into obscurity. Not “Silent Night.”

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