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John Kelly's Commons: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

BritNews RoundUp: Spineless Hedgehog Edition

I have remarked in this space before how much the English love their animals: dogs, cats, budgies. But also the non-domesticated ones. Take, for example, Spud, a hedgehog discovered wandering in an English garden in March. Spud was suffering from...

By John Kelly  |  July 17, 2009; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  BritNews RoundUp  
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Catching Rockers in the World Wide Web

If you wait long enough, you will meet the idols you once worshipped. Of course, it helps if your idols were never that big to begin with. Take last night, for example. My Lovely Wife and I went to the...

By John Kelly  |  July 16, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Critter Pix: Life in the Fox Hole

We interrupt our Radical Civility coverage to bring you John Kelly's Commons' Wild Kingdom. Last month in my column I wrote about a family of foxes behaving oddly in the Alexandria neighborhood of Yacht Haven. How oddly? They were actually...

By John Kelly  |  July 15, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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NY Times' Ethicist Joins the 'Civility' Brigade

Randy Cohen, the New York Times' Ethicist, has a typically thorough examination of the practice of texting in his blog today. He examines when it's okay and when it isn't okay. When it isn't okay is when you're supposed to...

By John Kelly  |  July 14, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Radical Civility  
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Can Rudeness Ever Be Polite? (The Answer Is No)

I have good news and bad news from my informal weekend survey of Washington-area civility. The good news? At a screening of "Up" last night at the Regal Cinemas in Rockville I didn't see a single texter. There was a...

By John Kelly  |  July 13, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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