I woke up early this morning, and given that I wasn’t working today, I decided to watch the inauguration on TV. Of course, it’s quite the event. And since I’m watching it on MSNBC, the color commentary doesn’t annoy me all that much. I find myself surprisingly happy to watch Obama be sworn in. It’s […]

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Food is not only a biological necessity – it has been endowed with spiritual significance in most traditions. Perhaps this is because it is a necessity of life. In Christianity, the core ritual, communion, is centered around food. It is a remembrance of the final meal that Jesus had with his followers. That meal itself […]

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In the mid-1960s, the federal government developed the poverty threshold based on the “thrifty food plan.” It was a plan based on the knowledge at the time, that the average family of three used 1/3 of their after-tax income on food. If you are a standard US family now, you spend way less than that […]

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Food is necessary for human survival. It also is a core part of our culture. It has deep religious significance in many traditions, so much so that many traditions tell you what you can and cannot eat, and when you can and cannot eat it. It’s complicated, and as a culture, Americans are making it […]

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