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Nonfiction Book Review: Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed

Nonfiction Book Review: Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed

As someone who has been tracking the childfree choice for over 15 years now, when new books on this topic come out I read them with great interest. One of the latest is writer Meghan Daum’s Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision NOT to have Kids.Read more
The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity

The Perils of Pushing the Limits of Longevity

The recent “Longevity Report” in TIME magazine may make us marvel at how scientists are “toying with ways to manipulate genes and pull out aging cells, all in a race to find a way to extend longevity to its outer limits.” On one level, medical technology that may just make it possible to live to be 142 years old is amazing.… Read more
LiveTrue Book Review: The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion

LiveTrue Book Review: The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion

How could a collection of personal essays about “unspeakable acts that teach no easy lessons” not peak one’s curiosity? It did mine. So did author Meghan Daum’s comment of her book, The Unspeakable and Other Subjects of Discussion:… Read more
Public Speaking Skills: The Art of the Acceptance Speech

Public Speaking Skills: The Art of the Acceptance Speech

Every year I try to catch the Academy Awards, of course with interest in the nominees, but also how the Oscar winners give their award acceptance speeches. You’d think that actors would be decent public speakers – and many are – but not so much in one particular public speaking skill area – acceptance speeches!… Read more