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I like to read. I like to write. I like to write about reading and writing. Short stories, essays, opinions, and ideas will show up here. Anything that can be expressed in words is fair game. Random thoughts and spontaneous remarks may be posted on Twitter or Facebook and from time to time expanded here. William Blake claimed that his poetry was not necessarily a work that he created, but something channeled through him. I’m no William Blake and I make no such claim. J. M. Keynes aptly described the source of my ideas: “Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back.”

How To Choose

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and more information]   Having just gone through an election, I’m reminded of some things I ponder from time to time.     When I studied economics in college, I had the great fortune to meet the Nobel economist...

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Reading A Little Bit At A Time

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Folks who read at least 30 minutes a week are 20 percent more likely to report greater life satisfaction and 11 percent more likely to feel creative. They're also 28 percent less likely to suffer from...

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The Bliss of Absent-Mindedness

  [Click BLUE links for sources and information]   Absence of mind doesn’t mean you are careless or lacking in focus; it just means the mind is meandering through fascinating labyrinths invisible to the open eye.   Vinita Dawra Nangia, Are You Often...

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The Unexamined Life is not Worth Living

  To Live Well You have to take risks   Risk failure Risk looking stupid Risk admitting you haven't got the skills Risk personal embarrassment Risk making mistakes Risk offending people   That's the only way you can learn   To succeed To be smart...

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Reassessment II

[Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   In our last post TITM defined the economic mindset and pointed out what we think are some defects. This post is a first attempt to outline possible changes that might correct those defects. It is obvious a short...

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Reassessment

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Overproduction of growth hormone causes excessive growth. In children, the condition is called gigantism. In adults, it is called acromegaly.  Excessive growth hormone is almost always caused by a...

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Less is More

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information}   Minimalism has been a fascination since the beginning of time, the simple life as an anecdote to the hunger for wealth and fame. Jennifer Michael Hecht tells a story about the great cynic Diogenes that...

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The Goldilocks Life

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy. Maria Edgeworth, Harry and Lucy Concluded   What is “just right” when it comes to “how to live”? Sarah...

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Are You Ready For Some Football?

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   I still remember when the only man I ever called Coach, Gregg LeMaster, arrived in my hometown to coach football at the local high school. I remember vividly because my older brother, Errol, interviewed...

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The Genesis of The Rabbit

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   At first I was just a few random lines on a white background, a doodle actually.  Not really random, no.  I could sense two eyes looking down.  I could feel the tug of the pen.  Something, I had no idea...

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Bonehead Economics Reboot

  [Click BLUE links for sources and information]   A year and a half ago TITM posted: Bonehead Economics: Things to Know in the Era of Trompudo. Today, once again, the lack of clear thinking is leading us down a problematic road. The Nobel economist, Joseph...

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The Art of the Lie

  [Click on BLUE links for sources and information]   Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.   Joseph Goebbels   It’s called the “illusion of truth” and it is a powerful tool for authoritarian leaders, advertisers, and all types of...

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