Mixed Greens

Springing eternal

“Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” Search for the meaning of this phrase (from Pope’s “Essay on Man”), and you’ll find that it is mostly used sarcastically nowadays to describe a lost cause.

Peekaboo

Playing peekaboo is important to every infant’s cognitive development, specifically for developing the awareness called object permanence—the understanding that an object or person still exists even if you can’t see it.

Peekaboo

Playing peekaboo is important to every infant’s cognitive development, specifically for developing the awareness called object permanence—the understanding that an object or person still exists even if you can’t see it.

Compared to what?

Here’s a comment I hear frequently, even from supporters of renewable energy: “Solar energy can’t survive without subsidies and will never be price competitive on an even playing field.”

More than ever

In 2001 I was working as a grant writer for several arts institutions in Manhattan, including organizations that provide arts instruction for inner-city youth. When the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001, I was on a commuter train headed into the city for a meeting with one of those clients.

The tempest

As I started working on this month’s column, Hurricane Matthew was gathering force in the Caribbean, and more than two million people had been ordered to evacuate coastal areas between Florida and Virginia.

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