Do we care if a project or program is worthwhile and run efficiently?
This is what you can see in Albuquerque each October
I didn't build it; I just designed it--including colors and furnishings
Why apply the popular understanding of pragmatism to politics and policies? It's important to save taxpayer dollars AND have effective programs. We will introduce the concepts and some of the issues now. In subsequent quarters we will flesh them out. We’ll try diligently to avoid being too wonky and keep this at a level understandable [...]
Art and Music
Always wanted to create a landscape quilt? In this case the picture is not worth 1,000 words. You still need to know how an image like this is created from fabric. Juanita Maberry, an accomplished quilter, explains how she does it and tells you how you too can make one. That's assuming this isn't your [...]
Advice for Living
"We're settlers." Sound familiar? If you watch TV much you may have seen the silly commercials for DirecTV trying to switch you from cable to their satellite television service. The commercial make a good analogy. The point? Accepting shortcomings rather than challenging them. We stay up too late. We mean to apply for that promotion. We want [...]
Poetry and Prose--excerpts and more
A poem about Nichiren Daishonin written by Michael Brill, a long-time Buddhist practitioner. The setting is Sado island in the 13th century, where the government of Japan exiled people who caused political problems by defying the establishment. Among them--Nichiren, the founder of the Buddhist sect which carries his name. Read on for more about that.
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OK, not as in movies but articles in the Quarterly. You may have noticed the content on the bottom right, before the shaded area: "Coming in Future Quarterlies." So let's be a little more specific. Coming in September, here's brief synopses of three items you will see. Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from tax-deferred retirement accounts. [...]
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