Helaine Olen at Forbes…

…read this from the New York Times’ David Brooks, and fired back rather nicely don’t you think? Olen took special offense at Brooks’ notion that: Affluent, intelligent people are now more likely to marry other energetic, intelligent people. They raise energetic, intelligent kids in self-segregated, cultural ghettoes where they know little about and have less …

My favorite thing from yesterday’s newspapers:

Don’t Indulge. Be Happy. A New York Times Sunday Review piece by researchers Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton (authors of the upcoming book, “Happy Money: The Science of Spending“) says that once you’re earning $75,000 or so, you’re about as happy as you are going to be, and any extra money is just superfluous. They …

Let’s hand out Dolan Grants to some nuns

Sharon and Susan both sent me this, a recent Bill Keller’s New York Times column that included this gem of an idea for nuns who find themselves unable to stay in a church that condemns them: There are many nuns who hold fast to the church out of genuine devotion. But there are others who …

So if you were @God for a week:

What would you say? Sweden is trying an experiment, where regular Swedish citizens get to be the voice of the country on Twitter for a week.  The country’s government allows people to take over the Twitter account, and you can read more about that here. So what if God handed Her Twitter account off to …

Reality bites

Or, as Mike the Heathen, who sent this, says: “Ho-ho-hold on a second:” At the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Michigan, would-be Jolly Old St. Nicks are being trained to help children downgrade their Christmas expectations. According to the New York Times story, the recession has resulted in: …a Christmas season in …