Does size really matter?

Written by David Leonhardt

Bigger is better. Isn't thatrepparttar American dream?

Why buy a road-hogging, critter-squishing, bumper-defying, wall-of-metal SUV when you haverepparttar 132586 delicious option of buying a BIGGER road-hogging, critter-squishing, bumper-defying, wall-of-metal SUV?

Why settle for a puny three-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow of our parents' generation nestled comfortably on a green plot of land with a few nice shade trees? In new "developments" these days, you can choose a two-storey home bulging beyondrepparttar 132587 property line of today's incredible shrinking lots, complete with a bedroom that can sleep 34 PLUS a walk-in closet that sleeps another 20 AND an ensuite bathroom big enough to store your SUV when your 300-cubit-long garage is full of toys or tools. (That's one arc-full, in case you didn't know.)

I remember early in primary school howrepparttar 132588 teachers made us line up according to height before we could go intorepparttar 132589 school. I suppose it was a measure of our universally exemplary behavior that I had plenty of time to daydream in line while some ofrepparttar 132590 more spirited children were rounded up byrepparttar 132591 sheep dogs.

My line-up thoughts often turned to dissecting school rules in hopes of finding intelligent life in them. Although my futile quest never succeeded, all was not lost. As one ofrepparttar 132592 shorter kids in my class, I developed a theoretic framework forrepparttar 132593 "lining up by height" rule. That framework tookrepparttar 132594 form of three questions:

1.If size does not matter, why were we being sorted by height? 2.If size does matter, what dorepparttar 132595 teachers have against us shorter kids, making a daily display ofrepparttar 132596 height we lacked? 3.If big is better, why wererepparttar 132597 shorter kids givenrepparttar 132598 front seats withrepparttar 132599 better view?

Althoughrepparttar 132600 answers to those questions remain a mystery to this day, I am convinced that size does not matter (except when someone offers me a slice of cheesecake – yum!).

Multiculturalism: Understanding Other Cultures

Written by Susan Dunn, MA Clinical Psychology, The EQ Coach

There’s an email circulatingrepparttar Internet aboutrepparttar 132584 war entitled “Which War Are You Watching?—The View from Spain.” It appears to be from an individual. My version has it signed with “Un abrazo (a hug), Dwight.” (Dwight—if you exist-I give you credit.)

Talking about howrepparttar 132585 Spanish media presentedrepparttar 132586 war, it is definitely a controversial piece, but what aboutrepparttar 132587 war wasn’t? “Deeply divided” applied torepparttar 132588 US and many other countries, and as I talked with clients all overrepparttar 132589 world during this time, we all learned about one another, and about multiculturalism


Doesn’t apply here. Whether or not this incident occurred, we’ll never know. If it didn’t, it should have.


One way we understand a culture is through its language. Here is an excerpt from this article, “The View from Spain”:

“In one particularly poignant moment on Spanish television, after a series of unrelenting images of children wounded and dead (far more graphic than would ever be allowed inrepparttar 132590 US), we were shown a Pentagon spokesperson referring to understandable levels of ‘collateral damage.’

“The Spanish commentator simply looked directly intorepparttar 132591 camera, shook his head sadly and mused: ‘One wonders what type of human being can refer torepparttar 132592 death of a child as “collateral damage.”’

I have no defense of this statement. I abhorrepparttar 132593 language ofrepparttar 132594 US military as much as this person does. I agree with him. And I have no idea what to do about it.

What kind of human being would refer torepparttar 132595 death of a child as “collateral damage?”

The US military, that’s who. But not me, and maybe not you.

Intellectually I understand that if you’re going to send people out to kill other people, some of whom may be children, you have to use euphemisms.

A euphemism is “the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something.”

The military uses them. The military is also not “the US.”


I recall sitting in a board meeting being run by an ex-colonel during Desert Storm. Half of us were ex-military and half of us had never been near it – it was a social service agency, after all. That morningrepparttar 132596 director, an ex-colonel, had what can only be described as a sanctimonious expression, and in a very in-group tone of voice, with excluding nonverbal behavior, announced that there had been “an incident of friendly fire.”

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