Category Riding the Wave

Something to the West

Alan finished the last of his smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, turned to Monica, and said, “Let’s take a walk on the beach.” “The open air would be nice,” she said. The waitress arrived with the bill, and Alan said, “Wonderful service. And our compliments to the chef for a superb breakfast.” “And thank you for visiting Cuchulainn’s Pub, sir,” she said. “It’s nice to take care of courteous Americans.

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Above the Trees

Brian Shepard woke from a dream in the still of the night and sat up in bed. He had been standing alone on the top of a hill, pleading for someone to come to him, take him by the hand, and guide him safely down the hill, but he remained alone no matter how much he pleaded, his words lost in the wind. His dreams had intensified now that he

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A Sonnet of Mind and Body

The mind and body don’t always agree On who should control all, or at least most, Of one network. The mind says thought is free, But the body remains a jealous host. Without guidance, the body will just sleep And gorge and fantasize at the expense Of exercise—the stirring of our deep Desires is often only decadence. So, sometimes the mind needs to crack the whip And firmly bend the

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The Road to Food Security

Anatomically modern humans have been fighting nature and each other for around 300,000 years. Times haven’t changed much for a fair number of descendants. Around 13% of the developing world is starving this very minute, and only ten countries on the planet are not engaged in any conflicts either internally or externally. Thus, the idea of everyone accessing healthy food, clean water, safe shelter, and medical care might seem inconceivable, especially

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They Didn’t Seem to Care

Scott grabbed a can of dog food out of the cupboard and looked down at his beagle Rusty, who gazed up at him intently. Scott considered Rusty’s thought process for a moment. Rusty knew food was in the can, and he knew he would soon be eating that food. He could even hear and smell in ways that humans couldn’t. On the other hand, Rusty had no idea how the

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Ten Reasons Why Certain Cities Thrive

The cities most likely to flourish in our increasingly competitive 21st-century world will be the ones that reflect a few simple but often ignored planning strategies. Following is a list that defines a desirable urban environment. Some cities earn more praise than others because of convenience. In a comfortable urban environment, most basic needs can be found in close proximity due to a sensible blend of commercial, community, and residential

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