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From the fat to the fanatic

The world seems to run in extremes. On the one hand are those who never exercise. Doctor’s admonitions — and the examples of people who’ve thrown their health away — make no difference. But there is another extreme.

For some people, exercising a few times a week is not enough. Exercising every day is not enough. They must exercise twice a day. Otherwise, they’ll collapse, they say. Too much stress. In the gym before 6 a.m. — then again, on the elliptical, in the middle of the day.

On the one hand, $40.5 billion is a pretty good deal. That’s how much Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals paid for Allergan PLC. I can’t even conceive of $40.5 billion. It’s like a light year — an inconceivable distance, not to mention millions of light years. But there is another extreme.


Why the ‘streams’ are running dry

The other day I enjoyed a visit with Prof. Fred Greenspahn, who taught Jewish studies at DU, 1979-1994, and now holds an endowed chair at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Our discussion prompted a trick question: Which is the fastest growing segment of American Jewry — • Reform • Conservative • Orthodox • Renewal • Reconstructionist

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:23 )


Racism without hate

WHAT RACE am I? You may not believe this, but my race is: I Prefer Not To Report. I am an oddball. This is not your typical race. I should know. I went to the doctor and was asked to fill out a medical history form. At the top of the questionnaire it asked for my race. These were the choices: American Indian/Alaskan native Asian Black/African American Hawaiian Native Other Pacific Islander Hispanic/Latino not Hispanic/Latino White And, finally, I Prefer Not to Report. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 09:24 )


Mad cyclists, apathetic police

HOW QUAINT. When I was a child, bicycles actually required their own license plates. They were little things, about two-and-a-half inches square. But they were real. They had their own license number and expiration date. One attached the plate right under the seat. All bicycles were pretty much the same back then, a lot less sophisticated than now, and bikes had this little area beneath the seat, perfectly convenient for a license plate. Four of the metal bars out of which the bike was made for...

Daniel in the Lion’s Den

Pat Craig is very understated, very unpretentious. The exact opposite of his passion: lions, tigers, bears, wolves. Craig is the perfect example of Mark Twain’s advice never to let your schooling interfere with your education. Craig has educated himself, all right. Not only about the animals.
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