Monthly Archives: June 2015

He can’t even

We weren’t eager to cover Dzhokar Tsarnaev’s apology. The crime – the Boston Marathon bombing – was so terrible. We’re both against capital punishment. The whole business makes us queasy. But it seemed important to look at it. How can … Continue reading

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An apology poem

Under One Small Star My apologies to chance for calling it necessity. My apologies to necessity if I’m mistaken, after all. Please, don’t be angry, happiness, that I take you as my due. May my dead be patient with the … Continue reading

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Should you ask forgiveness?

Interesting piece on Lifehacker (Gawker’s site about “living better in the digital age”) about Christian counselors Gary Chapman and Jennifer M. Thomas’s “5 Apology Languages.” It’s a sequel to Chapman’s popular 5 Love Languages, about differing communication styles and values, and how to … Continue reading

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When they say they “misspoke,” you know it’s bad

  As June 12 was turning into June 13, an angry guy drove to Dallas Police headquarters in a newly purchased (Ebay) armored van, put down a few pipe bombs, and opened fire at the front of the building. When … Continue reading

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Victim shaming, reader blaming

There was a birthday party in Berkeley, California. Thirteen guests were out on the fourth-floor balcony when its supports suddenly snapped. It collapsed onto the balcony below, pitching people onto the sidewalk 50 feet down. Four people were killed instantly. … Continue reading

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What are these little HEARTS doing on my GRAPHS?

Tim Hunt is a biochemist, co-winner of a Nobel Prize in the Physiology or Medicine category (along with Leland Hartwell and Paul Nurse). The prize was for work elucidating how proteins like cyclins control cell division. Sounds like he can … Continue reading

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Amy Schumer is very sorry

There are times to apologize. And there are times not to apologize. Comedian Amy Schumer offers a look at gendered, excessively self-negating, unnecessary, reflexive ladypologies. Given that research indicates that being perceived as assertive is problematic for women, and women … Continue reading

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Might want a doctor to look at doze

A kid in Savannah called 911. Instead of saying “Two guys just hopped the fence into our yard and they’re trying to get in the back door” or “My mom fell, and she’s not moving” or “The house across the … Continue reading

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This girl at school? I want her dead.

A public high school in Cranston, Rhode Island, had a big banner hanging in the auditorium, with an official school prayer on it. The school’s first class (1959) had been told to create it. The prayer would have been uncontroversial … Continue reading

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