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Category Archives: Essays, Commentary, Reflection

  1. Dear Hank: Try again, Fail better. An Elder’s Reflection on NerdCon Stories 2016

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    October 24, 2016 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    I spent the weekend before last at NerdCon: Stories. I went with my friend Ann Reay. Both of us attended …
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  2. When Aging Stops: Fruit Flies, Little Old Ladies and the Late-Life Mortality Plateau

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    September 18, 2016 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    Hang around a few evolutionary biologists sometime. I did last week on the Tubes and Wires. You will come across …
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  3. Contentment: You’re Doing It Wrong

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    March 20, 2016 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    Diogenes the Cynic (412 BCE – 323 BCE) was a piece of work. You have to think the man knew …
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  4. 3 Badass Greek Philosophers on What Contentment Means

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    March 13, 2016 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    I was complaining last week about the shallow approach to soul-building often found on the self-help shelves. Complaining is not …
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  5. Enough Self-Help Already

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    March 6, 2016 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    I’ve been doing a lot of reading in my attempt to explore contentment. I have an intuitive sense that for …
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  6. 13 Synonyms for Contentment That Don’t Mean the Same Thing at All

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    February 7, 2016 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    Last week we went to the dictionary – more precisely, to Google’s summary of all things dictionary-ish – to get …
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  7. Searching for Contentment

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    January 31, 2016 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    These days you don’t need a dictionary to get a definition for contentment. You just need a search engine. A …
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  8. Enough Already: Exploring the Art of Contentment

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    January 17, 2016 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    Reading and writing are the only spiritual disciplines I maintain with any consistency. I suppose that for some this is …
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  9. Less is More: The Resolution We Both Can Keep

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    January 3, 2016 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    My roommate and I had a quiet New Year’s Eve. Seriously. We watched a couple of episodes of the Twilight …
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  10. Is the Book of Job a Folktale?

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    November 29, 2015 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

    Is the Book of Job a folktale? Well, some of it is, yes. At least that is what I discovered …
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