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Today’s Solutions: June 24, 2024

Mirrors would do well to refle

Mirrors would do well to reflect a little longer before sending back images.

James Geary | Sept/Oct 2009 issue Every polished surface conceals a mirror. Whatever shines—the blade of a knife, the curve of another person's eye—is intent on reflection. Desperate for attention, these things seem to think the best way to get it is to display us to ourselves. Why else would Read More...

Center and fringe

Center and fringe

The center gets a lot of attention, but the fringes are more interesting. James Geary | May 2009 issue The center, we are told, should be our goal, both our starting point and our destination. But the fringes are more interesting. It is here, on the periphery, where friction produces its most Read More...

A buried past lives undergroun

A buried past lives underground

An aphorism by James Geary, author of The World in a Phrase and Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists. James Geary | March 2009 issue A river flows under my street. A long time ago, it ran on the surface, when this place was an open field, dotted with ponds. Then, somewhere along the line, Read More...

Can fast food be sustainable?

Can fast food be sustainable?

An aphorism by James Geary, author of The World in a Phrase and Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists. Gearly,James| April 2008 issue A memory is an intricate, ever-shifting net of firing neurons and crackling synapses. Memory is not some vast cerebral warehouse filled with rows and rows of Read More...

Nothing dries sooner than a te

Nothing dries sooner than a tear

An aphorism by James Geary, author of The World in a Phrase and Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists. James Geary| March 2008 issue Tears leave the body at a temperature of 98.6 degrees. It is difficult to experience this with the tear rolling down your own cheek. But stand close to someone Read More...