Category: Life

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St. Louis Style Pizza

One of the pleasures of traveling is sampling the local fare. For example, you can get pizza anywhere, but if you go to New York, you’ll get a large, foldable slice, and if you...

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Samoan Post Office

The Samoan Islands are smack dab in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, so pretty much everything but coconuts and bananas have to be shipped in from off-island. So when homesickness kicks in, the...

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Cream and Sugar

How do you take your coffee? Cream and sugar? Black? Flavored creamers? Let’s take a look at the options. Sugar Sugar used to be simple: white granulated powder. Nowadays there are other options, like...

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Meditations on Reunion Tower

Every great city needs a landmark, like the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, the Space Needle or the Gateway Arch. All of these monuments evoke their host cities in any context. Here in...

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A Trip to the World Bank

It all started with the commencement ceremony in May 2000. The keynote speaker was James Wolfensohn, president of the World Bank, an international agency that provides loans to developing countries. Our normally apathetic campus...

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No Place Like Home

When people ask me where I’m from, I never quite know what to say. I was born in St. Louis but I grew up in Illinois. I went to high school and college in...

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Creativity and Compromise

We generally think of creativity as something that should never be compromised. There’s a kernel of truth to this, as many good idea have been squashed and perverted by faceless bureaucrats. Likewise, trying to...

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Tales of Addison Oktoberfest

Every year, my friends and I go to the Oktoberfest in Addison, Texas. Addison is a suburb north of Dallas that contains a gazillion bars and restaurants. Addison Oktoberfest is big, taking up almost...

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Pascal’s Wager and Happiness

Are you familiar you Pascal’s Wager? French mathematician and philosopher Blaise Pascal said that even if you doubt the existence of God, you should be religious just in case He exists. Why? Because if...

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The Beer Revolution

Beer drinking sure has changed since I was a kid. No, I didn’t drink beer back then (though I did drink coffee). But beer marketing is very pervasive, and even at a young age,...