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Psychologists say a good life doesn’t have to be happy, or even meaningful


I read with great interest a new article “Psychologists say a good life doesn’t have to be happy, or even meaningful.” It describes recent psychological research whose basic thesis is that a good life isn’t necessarily a happy or meaningful life but is best understood as a psychologically rich life. (PRL) Continue reading Psychologists say a good life doesn’t have to be happy, or even meaningful

Dr. Harvey Wiley: A True Hero

Portrait of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley (cropped).jpgDr. Harvey Washington Wiley (October 18, 1844 – June 30, 1930)

I recently watched “The Poison Squad,” an episode on PBS’ American Experience. It is the story of a time when Americans had no idea that toxic substances were in their foods and of how government chemist Dr. Harvey Wiley who, determined to banish dangerous substances from dinner tables, took on the powerful food manufacturers and their allies. Continue reading Dr. Harvey Wiley: A True Hero