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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.

The Women Who Mapped the Stars

The pivotal scene in last season’s Nora Theater Company production of The Women Who Mapped the Stars takes place around a dinner table in the year 1900. Or maybe it’s 1910. Or perhaps 1923. Whatever. Four nineteenth century women scientists … Continue reading

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A Soft Landing: Impact Taxes

This is the sixth in the series, A Soft Landing, which explores how we might achieve a more just, equitable society without violent revolution. Taxes are a most effective form of behavior modification. Every kind of tax, no matter how … Continue reading

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F.A.T. Chain Reaction

On the day after Thanksgiving, a non-shopper like me has time on his hands. I stumbled upon a satisfying Big Box alternative: the F.A.T. Chain Reaction (F.A.T. = Friday After Thanksgiving). For 21 years, the MIT Museum has sponsored a … Continue reading

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The Balance Economy

This is the fifth in the series, A Soft Landing, which explores how we might achieve a more just, equitable society without violent revolution. A new Constitution, discussed in the last three essays of ‘A Soft Landing,’ is insufficient alone … Continue reading

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Affirmative Action Admissions

If you’re interested in what’s happening at Harvard these days (as everyone in Cambridge is) I suggest you read Hua Hsu’s recent article, ‘School Colors: The Fight About Who Gets into the Ivy League,’ in The New Yorker, October 15, … Continue reading

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A Soft Landing: Conundrum of the States

This is the fourth in the series, A Soft Landing, which explores how we might achieve a more just, equitable society without violent revolution. The Achilles’ heel of our present government is the idiosyncratic status of our fifty States. They … Continue reading

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Craigslist: For Sale By Owner / Free Stuff

There are thousands, millions, of ways to describe our world as opposing dualities: ‘Can’t do’ folks versus ‘Can do’ folks; foodies versus refuelers; Patriots fans versus the other 98% of Americans. It’s fun to figure out which camp I occupy … Continue reading

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