November 16, 2012 Can fundraising actually be fun? Howard H. Stevenson debunks some of philanthropy's biggest myths — and offers five gems about the art of doing good.
November 16, 2012 One day before Friday's deadline, states were given a 28-day extension to decide whether they'll participate in health insurance exchanges. Joe Heller thinks the time for excuses is through, but, as Joel Pett prophesied last July, new challenges to the health care bill are already being mounted.
November 16, 2012 Our kids are bombarded with stresses, and sensory overload, at home, on the playground and in the classroom. Commentator Barbara J. King reads the work of Canadian psychologist Stuart Shanker and considers concrete strategies to help our children self-regulate.
November 15, 2012 There are some who think it might be a good idea to go over the "fiscal cliff." Gary Varvel fears what it means for the U.S. economy, while Milt Prigee sees a deep downside for President Obama.
November 14, 2012 Human-machine integration looms on the horizon, with a promise to redefine who we are as people. Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil is an apostle of the coming Singularity, a time when it is envisioned that technology will advance to the point that life is redefined as something other than what we know and experience today.
November 14, 2012 The resignation of CIA head David Petraeus after admitting an extramarital affair has Washington tongues wagging. Lee Judge feels too much is being made of a common human failing, while Joe Heller expects there's much, much more to come.
November 14, 2012 Colm Toibin's latest novel reimagines the life and death of Jesus through the eyes of his mother. Elegantly subversive, The Testament of Mary examines the nature of truth and storytelling from the point of view of the world's most famous virgin.
November 14, 2012 The Bird Artist, Howard Norman's 1994 novel about the murder of a lighthouse keeper, is set in Witless Bay. Author Da Chen writes that the distinctive setting makes this novel a success. What is your favorite book with an unforgettable setting? Tell us in the comments.
November 13, 2012 The world's first essayist, Michel Montaigne, was out riding one day when he got slammed from the rear, was thrown from his horse, crashed to the ground and for a brief time was, as he puts it, "dead." He described exactly what it felt like. Here's what he learned.
November 13, 2012 Many demographic groups remain underrepresented in high-level government positions, including atheists — at least those out of the theistic closet. Commentator Tania Lombrozo wonders why atheists appear to be distrusted by the electorate.
November 13, 2012 One week after the 2012 election, many people still aren't clear why Mitt Romney couldn't capture the presidency. Kap thinks the former governor was undone by a gusty performance from President Obama, while Christopher Weyant ascribes Romney's loss to his changing positions on critical issues.
November 12, 2012 This past election may have been about jobs. But there was a more profound question at issue: coming to grips with the collapse of the myth that we all go it alone. Commentator Alva Noë says this myth has distorted our politics and that President Obama was right to take aim at it.