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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Vitamin W: Health Benefits Of that Nightly Glass of Wine

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Research conducted by Serge Renaud of the University of Bordeaux discovered that although the French smoke and eat more dietary fat than Americans, they suffer half the mortality rate from coronary disease. Renaud argued that the French’s regular red wine consumption accounted for the difference.

Reading: The Plague During Plague

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This spring I decided to take a zoomed book class offered by Alliance Française Seattle. The assigned...

How to fight racism and anti-black violence? Another reading list

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Books may not have the answers we seek to confronting and understanding racism and anti-black violence. But maybe they can help.

What Can Existentialism Teach Us About Today?

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All of the Existentialists are philosophers of life who refuse to spin systems of ideals, insisting instead, like the American Pragmatists, that philosophies are only truly tested in lived experience.

Ten Books To Read in the Pandemic

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Looking for insights on our current circumstances from other times and writers? Here is a basket full of books that speak to our time from the past.

Rebecca Solnit’s Book: Remaking Our Lives Amid Major Disasters

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Disasters are “extraordinarily generative,” Solnit contends. From them emerge new ways of seeing the world and one another. Fruitless preoccupations suddenly fade away. Hitherto un-imagined possibilities emerge.

A Plague Reader – From Florence to Seattle

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The onset and turbulent passage of Seattle’ influenza epidemic matches our present experience, and its history may serve as a route-guide. The "Spanish" Flu orphaned Emmett Watson and Mary McCarthy who, arguably, became writers as a result.

Nation Divided: Of Social Distancing And Polarization

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Here’s my question. Have we not been demanding social distancing, admittedly of a different type, for some time now? Another word for “social distancing” is “polarization.”

Books: International Intrigue – A Handful of Current Thrillers

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The Names of the Dead Kevin Wignall  Abandoned by his CIA colleagues when...

Books: The Forgotten, Shameful Story of the Chinese Who Built the Western Railways

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They laid rail in blistering desert heat and spent brutal winters digging and blasting tunnels in the treacherous Sierra Nevada Mountains. And they were segregated, mocked, beaten, robbed, and murdered.