Paul’s Perambulations

November 3, 2011

March to the White House for GMO Right to Know

Filed under: General — admin @ 2:21 pm

Fran and I spent Villanova fall break (Monday 10/10/ – Sunday 10/16) hiking more than 100 miles (camping at night) with the Right2Know marchers.  Marchers arrived at Lafayette Park (opposite the White House) (more…)

September 18, 2011

China (the place setting, not the place)

Filed under: General — admin @ 10:52 pm

We are currently downsizing, in preparation for a move to smaller quarters. This is the time to pass family heirlooms and collectibles to an appreciative younger generation ready to carry on the tradition of storing past treasures. Except – (more…)

September 8, 2011


Filed under: General — admin @ 10:36 pm

My confidence with my values derives heavily from my family, both from experiencing their moral values directly and also from the value they placed on educating oneself and forming/holding one’s own moral values.

My confidence with others (more…)

July 30, 2011

Weight, health, life style, and why do we have friends who are like us?

Filed under: Education,General,Love — admin @ 12:55 pm

There are substantial individual differences among people in regard to weight and health. Significantly, folks tend to associate with groups that share their particular issues in this regard. We interact with those who  (more…)

April 26, 2011

MONEY MATTERS for dating, etc. etc.

Filed under: General,Love — admin @ 11:17 am

What happens when the financial resources and financial expectations differ significantly for those dating?  Who pays for what? Can it really work, (more…)

April 5, 2011

Cigarettes, 2 for $1: The Brisk, Shady Sale of ‘Loosies’

Filed under: General,Politics,Work — admin @ 9:05 pm

The title above is from a recent NYTimes article about the illegal sale of single cigarettes, and it poses many questions about the society we live in. Here are some things to consider:

 Does this encourage people to break the law? Does it even become “hip” or “smart” to be a little bit illegal? What about all the folks who cross state lines to avoid paying their sales tax on liquor or other items?

Is this American entrepreneurship?  The central character is working regularly, when no other more appropriate jobs are available for him.

Is this how we get healthcare – doing your time in prison?         (more…)

March 18, 2011

Japan, the United States, and a radioactive nightmare waiting to happen.

Filed under: Education,General,Politics — admin @ 9:37 am

Safety and environmentalism can cost consumers a lot of money, without immediate benefit. Government can force this on the consumers, as with cars and building codes, while industry and government profit from it. But there’s no profit for industry and government in protecting the public, and so, in a capitalist dominated society…failure and disaster (earthquakes ARE a predictable event in Japan, unfortunately).

February 8, 2011

INTJ Myers-Briggs personality. Who, me? Does this make any sense?

Filed under: Education,General — admin @ 8:02 pm

I hesitated to post my Myers-Briggs personality measure, thinking it might be egocentric (there are enough of those blogs around) and because I don’t put much weight on personality testing. But if Myers-Briggs measures can lead us to consider (or reconsider) some aspects of ourselves, they can be of value.  And recently I had reason to consider that perhaps I really am INTJ and not always the sweet, agreeable guy that I tend to think I am. (more…)

February 1, 2011

Comments on Big Little Wolf’s Daily Plate of Crazy

Filed under: Family,General,Love,Work — admin @ 7:22 pm

I recently came upon this well-written and challenging blog The author discusses personal issues of family, relationships, work, etc. from the perspective of a single mother. Here are some of my Comments on her blog and on similar blogs. They can be put in perspective by referencing them to her original postings if you wish. These topics are different from my usual ones and present an opportunity for me to write about some issues that I usually don’t cover. But I also see that the authors’ situations and concerns are different from mine, and thus my blog and their blogs will naturally go their separate ways, even while we continue to learn from one another. Also, I have transferred much of my attention from my blog to my Facebook posts, where I condense some serious ideas into the allotted 420 spaces.  Her Blog Topics are in BOLD. My Comments follow: (more…)

September 12, 2010

How bad (and potentially dangerous) can public science reporting get?

Filed under: General — admin @ 2:12 pm

Headline in current Time Magazine – HEALTH: BOTTOMS UP. NEW STUDY FINDS THAT HEAVY DRINKERS OUTLIVE TEETOTALERS AND MODERATE DRINKERS LIVE ONGEST OF ALL. First, Time published a retraction (apparently online only) that the study does not include any teetotalers (excluded), but that “abstainers” refers to people who said  they were no longer drinking  (20 years ago). Next, when they control for a number of co-variates, the statistical significance is greatly reduced.  Makes you wonder what if they had identified more co-variates. (more…)

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