Category Archives: Opinion Essay

Why Write Poetry

By Dave Hood You will not become rich by writing poetry. In fact, if you spend your days writing only poetry, you’ll become a starving artist. Most poets teach and write, or they have day jobs and write in their … Continue reading

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Opinion Essay: The Presidential Election

Monday, November-05-12 By Dave Hood Who will win the Presidential election on November 6th, 2012? Public opinion polls suggest this election is too close to call. A flood of recent information from public opinion polls sends out conflicting results. Some … Continue reading

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Photo From Hell: Home of a Tent

For countless millions in the third world, home is a tent, the washroom is a hole in the ground, a meal is a bowl of stale  rice, and a bath is a swim in a river that smells like an … Continue reading

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Essay: Evil Lurks in the Hearts and Minds of Men

by Dave Hood In Montreal, a man, angry with his male lover, ties him up, tortures and dismembers him, tosses the torso into the garbage, and  then mails other body parts to various people. He also films the killing and … Continue reading

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The Social Taboo of Suicide

by Dave Hood I woke up this morning, picked up the newspaper, turned to the sports section and was greeted by the headline” Junior Seau Dead at 43.” This headline provoked me to read the story. I quickly learned that Seau, … Continue reading

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The Political Views of a Pragmatist

By Dave Hood The other day, I was visiting Facebook, updating my profile. One of the sections asked: What are your political views? I thought for some time. Then I wrote down “pragmatist.” After many years of  politicians and governments … Continue reading

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What Makes People Happy

“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”–Aristotle By Dave Hood Many of the great philosophers have attempted to answer the question: What makes people happy? World religions, such as Christianity, have … Continue reading

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