Tom Neven

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What I Saw at the Show

Not too long ago I took my son, Joshua, Grand Maven of All Things Star Wars, to the Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando. As you probably know, many an artifact of popular culture has an enthusiastic following that sometimes comes together at huge conven …

Death by Denial … in More Ways than One

Chelsey bravely opened a real can of worms with her post about health care. I had prepared a long response for the comments section, but I figured it would be easier to put it all here in a blog post. Here’s the basic scoop: Anything from Michael Moore …

Help, I Need to Clarify!

Well, talk about getting caught in unexpected circumstances. My recent post, “Help, I’m on a Date and Can’t Get Out,” engendered a lot of discussion based on incomplete information — and it’s all my fault. While most tried to be helpful, the consensus …

Help, I’m on a Date and I Can’t Get Out!

Boundless is all about making intentions clear, defining the relationship, and so on. But despite the best of intentions, sometimes things can get out of hand. A young lady I know — OK, my daughter, Hannah — related a recent incident in which she found …

Invisible

I’ve been traveling a lot over the past few months (hence not a lot of blogs from me), and I had two eye-opening encounters during that time, both coincidentally in Texas. The first was in early March when I and some colleagues, one of whom was African …

It’s Not His Fault

News flash! President Obama did not cause the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I repeat: It is not the president’s fault! In light of Matt’s blog about the spill, particularly the lesson on unintended consequences, I think it’s important to point out t …

It’s All Greek to Them

It was late at night in a dodgy neighborhood of Athens, Greece. I argued with a cab driver who clearly wanted to be rid of his irksome passenger and call it a night. I’d arrived at the Athens train station after midnight after a long ferry and train tr …

Why Can’t a Man Be More Like a Woman?

OK, I’ve mangled the line by Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, but a recent news story put that quote in mind — but with a twist. Scientists writing for the Journal of Neuroscience discovered that giving men a dose of the hormone oxytocin gave …

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