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pschindler
I am a retired 8th grade US History teacher and journalist; married, two daughters, MIT grad
Interests: Collecting journalism movies, journalism books, journalism quotes, Firesign Theatre, Duck's Breath Mystery Theater, Ian Shoales, American narrative humor, Keilor, Benchley, Groucho Marx, S.J. Perleman
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Kevin Sullivan suggested Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment by journalist Robert Wright. It is an amazing and impressive work, using evolutionary biology to demonstrate the wisdom of the Buddha’s teachings about not-self and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
I had an odd experience this week. I was singing, as I am wont to do, to my toddler grandson. We passed a Chevrolet, so I sang the Dinah Shore jingle from my youth: “See the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet;... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
If you ever looked at the “Menu” to the right of my column you’d find this at the very bottom: Fun with electronic editing. At WTBS, these were called hacks. Back in the 70s they were done with spliced magnetic... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
I revived this headline from a half century ago because it tells a story. Dr. Jerome B. Wiesner thinks he gave me my MIT degree at commencement. But the fact of the matter is, I got it from a female... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
Daniel Dern suggests: Signal (on Netflix), where there's a pair of police handheld radios communicating across a time gap, but only at a specific time of night... being used to solve some cold cases and more. It incorporates, per H.G.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at P.S. A Column On Things
In a recent newspaper column, Garrison Keillor wrote: “I never won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, but then neither did Seinfeld or Johnny Carson, so who cares? And instead of major awards, I have these old friends. Some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
From Daniel Dern with regard to my Darwin This and That item last week: In one of his final/posthumous books, Oliver Sacks wrote some interesting stuff about Darwin. https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2008/11/20/darwin-and-the-meaning-of-flowers/ also a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVyL7YgSLag here's more review links https://www.wsj.com/articles/review-oliver-sacks-travels-down-the-river-of-consciousness-1508522780 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/opinion/oliver-sacks-a-composer-and-his-last-work.html Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
The most recent Private Eye (a British humour magazine) made fun of a reporter who wrote that someone stepped on a lintel―the bar across the top of the door. It took me back to 1972, when The Tech arts editor... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
A lovely story I’d quite forgotten, relayed to me from a pal who worked with me at the high school radio station. “Today is a day where my memory recalls what a super pro you were. At least I think... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
Bursting With Joy I just wrote a song about how happy I am. Bursting with Joy Read the Lyrics … Bitcoin Explanation A genius on Twitter offered this explanation: imagine if keeping your car idling 24/7 produced solved Sudokus you... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
You have no doubt heard of, or quite possibly taken, one or both of the traditional U.S. personality tests which are often required by employers. I have taken both the Myers-Briggs and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Tests. I was intrigued by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
This from my friend of long standing, Kevin Sullivan: Related to and parallel with your discussion of Compassion, Heart Brain, etc. -- If you haven't yet encountered the 2017 book, "Why Buddhism is True" by Robert Wright, I highly recommend... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
For some reason, I was thinking this week about a slide in the Back-To-School PowerPoint I used at the turn of the century, when I was teaching 8th grade U.S. History. I felt it likely the parents and students would... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
(a record short T&T this week) Borborygmi Thinking of my late friend Richard Dalton reminded me that his name for This and That, in his newsletter, was borborygmi, the noises made by an empty stomach. I won’t change the name,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
I have been trying to stay away from politics, but, really? Sidney Powell argues in new court filing that no reasonable people would believe her election fraud claims. It was part of the billion-dollar libel suit against her by Dominion... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
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This Pickles cartoon amazed me; maybe compassion really is catching on. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
I almost never give pride of place in this column to links, but I simply want to say this: if you click on nothing else this week, click on these two links. I heard about Dr. Doty from a newspaper... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things
(this ties in with the lead item, Compassion Changed Me) Doty MD, James R.: Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart Once in a while, you read... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2021 at P.S. A Column On Things