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Dec.08.2009
We Americans are out of shape, eat garbage, are overworked, and frequently engage in risky behaviors. Do you feel judged? You should: if you are an American, you are a bad person. But there is hope. In order to live forever, or at least 250 years, we must exercise, eat right, lower our stress...
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Dec.03.2009
Religion has a sex problem. Here’s the thing—all the world’s major religions say God is a guy, or if there is more than one God, then the Alpha-God is male. Oh sure, theologians and religious leaders can claim this god-talk is metaphorical, but the boy’s club mentality doesn’t stop with the divine...
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Nov.29.2009
What was Tiger Woods doing at 2:30 AM? And what was his wife Elin Nordegren Woods doing with that golf club? Was this a case of a couple going to play midnight-miniature golf gone terribly awry? Had it slipped Tiger's mind that Elin wanted to join him? These are the burning issues facing America—...
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Nov.26.2009
On the day before Thanksgiving we were robbed. During the night thieves gained access to our home and stole Kathi’s Stratocaster guitar, my keyboard, some amps and other musical equipment, our car, and Kathi’s son and my stepson Tony’s car, which was parked in front of our house. It was a disaster...
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Nov.22.2009
This week I am attending the annual convention of the Society of Biblical Literature (motto: making the Bible even more baffling than it already is) in New Orleans, Louisiana on behalf of HarperOne. Barbara Brown Taylor, author of An Altar in the World, told me she rode in the elevator here with...
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Nov.20.2009
I should have known it was going to be bad day when the traffic reporter on KQED radio said there was still a problem on the N line after telling us about an as-yet undiagnosed problem on the L line. San Francisco’s mass transit system (MUNI) of buses, light rail, trolleys, cable cars, carrier...
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Nov.16.2009
This weekend I was in Miami for the Miami Book Fair International, promoting my book How to Play the Harmonica: and Other Life Lessons—a book that will change your life and a really great gift idea at only $9.99. They put me up in the Hyatt Regency, which, as it happens, was the setting for the...
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Nov.13.2009
Last night I attended a combined benefit for Glide Memorial Church and celebration of Cecil Williams’ forty-five years of leadership there. Glide serves people who need a helping hand by providing over 750,000 free meals a year, mental and health care, women's programs, after-school programs,...
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Nov.10.2009
Canada is invading the United States. But before I get to that, I need to tell you about Leo MacDonald, Head Sales Honcho for HarperCanada, and his career in law enforcement. When he was very young and foolish Leo flew to Hay River to see a woman who had been or was his girlfriend. Hay River is...
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Nov.05.2009
I am in Montreal for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion on behalf of my company, HarperOne (represent!). Montreal is a beautiful city, but the people in Canada are delusional, stubbornly holding onto the old myth that this is an independent nation. The people in Montreal go even...