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What is Philanthropy … Really?

After recently writing a post on entitlement, I’d thought I’d blog about a topic that is quite the opposite – philanthropy. Also known as charity or giving back, this concept comes in many forms. Many people think of philanthropy in terms of giving money to a cause, but it can also designate donating items (such … Read More


As human beings we are all entitled to certain basic rights: Freedom, liberty, security, equity, etc. The United Nations even issued a Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. This is wonderful in theory, but in reality, some humans are more “entitled” than others. This divide between the “haves” and “have-nots” has existed since humans … Read More

Staff Picks: Absolutely on Music

After reading more than half of Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa, by Haruki Murakami, I realized that the title is a pun. In classical music, some pieces have extra musical associations, such as Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, which musically embodies the accompanying narrative of a passionate lover gone mad. Pieces that don’t have … Read More