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What is Time?

Time’s Arrows: Scientific Attitudes Toward Time by Richard Morris - A Book Review

In R. Morris, Time’s Arrows: Scientific Attitudes Toward Time (1984), the book’s conclusion is that there has not been much new in…

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Patient Perspective

A Book Review of Paul Kalanitihi, When Breath Becomes Air: What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death (2016)

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air: What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death (2016) is the story…

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Terror Talk

A Book Review of Jonathan Powell,Terrorists at the Table: Why Negotiating is the Only Way to Peace (2015)

Terrorism is universal in all cultures, in all traditions, in all times. Terrorism is only a means not an end, in human behavior.  When other means are not perceived as effective, terrorism is among the final options.  The only way to…

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Quakers in Devilish History in the United States

A Book Review of Brian Regal and Frank Esposito, The Secret History of the Jersey Devil: How Quakers, Hucksters, and Benjamin Franklin Created a Monster (2018)

How do Quakers apologize for historic personal wrongs?  How do Quakers learn from their historic wrongs that are part of their tradition and face similar challenges today?  The new book, Brian Regal and Frank Esposito…

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Grandparent Gift: The Big and Small

A Book Review of Caleb Scharf, The Zoomable Universe: An Epic Tour Through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Nearly Nothing (2017)

What can grandparents give to grandchildren, beyond contributions to 529 Plans for education or reading stories? An answer is the gift of the big and the little.  And the scope of the big to the little is best explained in the new book…

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Cold Affluence

A Book Review of Rachel Sherman, Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence (2017)

Most all Quakers in the U.S.are established in the category of the global wealthy and embrace the justifications for that wealth as described in this book for their financial means.  For Quakers, this book, Rachel Sherman, …

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Universal Retirement

A Book Review of Michelle Silver, Retirement and Its Discontents: Why We Won’t Stop Working, Even If We Can (2018)

Part of being human is retirement, since retirement is only a moniker of later life transitions. Retirement is universal for all geographies and cultures, with a wide variety in roles and traditions for retirement.  As we do in our…

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