Nathaniel Branden, Ayn Rand’s partner, obit

Nathaniel and Barbara Blumenthal (center) at their 1953 wedding flanked with Ayn Rand on the right, and her husband, Frank O'Connor, left. Later Blumenthal would change his name to Branden.Nathaniel Branden wrote Ayn Rand a fan letter when he was a teenager in Canada in the 1940s. He wanted to tell her how much he …

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10 Ways to fulfill your Resolutions

Image via Wikipedia[/caption] Ten Ways to Achieve Your Writing Resolutions for 2011 January 12, 2011By Daphne Gray-GrantIs the bloom off your New Year's resolution rose? If so, you're in good company. Four out of five people who make New Year's resolutions eventually break them. And 33 percent don't even last till the end of January!While …

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The Greatest Person in History is….

from The New Republic.Who was the greatest baseball player of all time?It is certainly possible to rank baseball players in terms of batting average, wins, hitting streaks, and home runs. But people vigorously disagree about the relationship among those particular rankings and overall “greatness.” Can we mediate these disagreements? Baseball statisticians are trying. After all, …

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Santa’s Gender Problem

Q: Santa Claus is male, so why isn’t he Saint instead of Santa? Does he have a gender issue?A: In English the name of a canonized person, whether a man or a woman, is traditionally prefixed by the word “Saint” or its abbreviation.  Although a female saint has occasionally been called a “santa” in English, …

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