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Everydayness Paul Mann  It looks harmless enough, everydayness. Schedules, routines, the daily round, the errands, the shopping, the gardening, the transient nuisances, the little kindnesses, the minor irritations, the spikes of pleasure and pain, the tedium, the evening pint or scotch, the leaning back and relaxing after satisfying work. Though we are always in a

Paul Mann: Fig Leaves and Other Risible Camouflage

It is said love conquers all. Down the ages vaunted lovers discovered otherwise: Adam and Eve, Antony and Cleopatra, Abelard and Héloïse, Dante and Beatrice, Petrarca and Laura, Tristan and Iseult, Anna Karenina and Count Vronsky, Emma Bovary and Rodolph Boulanger, Daisy Fay Buchanan and Jay Gatsby. They learned that love, said to bear all

Paul Mann: Running the hazards of presidential character

History wisely taught reveals the qualities best suited to leadership.      Paramount is strength of character. Washington overcame his short fuse and towering anger. Lincoln vanquished his bottomless melancholy.  Both men had gravitas, that balance of depth, seriousness and dignity cherished by Roman statesmen.     Leaders of distinction commonly possess sound judgment (rare),

Paul Mann: The Nature of Experience

The Nature of Experience Paul Mann The truth is not beautiful. – Lao Tzu He who has lived as a thinking being Within his soul must hold men small. – Pushkin Clouds drift without design, leaves scatter without a plan. So too mischance and randomness overthrow our puny schemes, smear our puerile blueprints. Our very bodies