Holiday Rituals: Are We A Thanksgiving Nation or A Christmas Nation?

December 24, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


Somewhere in that hours-long transition between Thanksgiving Day and the Christmas season a very remarkable change comes over us. Thanksgiving being a time for reflection, counting blessings, giving thanks, and serving others, Christmas has mostly come to mean just the opposite. America wakes up (sometimes never having gone to sleep) on Black Friday and plunges into a state of mind totally... Read More

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Empathy, And Why Relationships Are The Key To Reality

April 01, 2013 | Posted by Michael C. Phillip in


Ken Stern, in his recent op-ed in The Atlantic, strikes a forceful blow to a widely held preconception Americans have about the rich: they are more generous than the poor. When we think of wealthy philanthropists, we think of the Rockefellers and Carnegies of the Gilded Age and the libraries, museums, and colleges they funded from their own fortune. In recent years, a more strategic effort to... Read More

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