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Roger Martin

Martin: Juneteenth calls for celebration of many freedoms
June 20, 2004
Maybe you’ve heard June 19 is a holiday but don’t know why.
Martin: KU researcher untangling confusion of wireless world
June 6, 2004
Psychologist William James wrote in 1890 that a baby experiences the world as a “blooming, buzzing confusion.”
Martin: Wisdom difficult to define, attain
May 23, 2004
One day, somebody said, “I enjoy reading your column, but I’m not always sure what it does for the university.”
Martin: Preserving water means preserving our essence
March 28, 2004
The Earth’s surface is 70 percent water. But it’s hidden water that matters most to people who live on the Great Plains. Between 1940 and 2000, Texas and Kansas headed a list of eight states that tap into this hidden water, which is found in the sand and gravel deposits of the Ogallala Aquifer.
Christian romance novels can help repair ailing relations
February 29, 2004
Most serious students of literature believe women who read romance novels are trying to fill a hole in their lives. The title of an essay by Canadian scholar Lillian S. Robinson sums up this contempt for romance novels. It’s called “On Reading Trash.”
Commentary: Christmas tree biology not all that glamorous
December 21, 2003
Here I go again, not feeling Christmassy. Of course I’d like to feel Christmassy, just like all the other 57-year-old men who finally had an up year in the stock market and whose prostate exams and colonoscopies went well.
Cruel childhood illnesses can also bring families together
December 7, 2003
Eighteen-year-old Nathan just had his fourth round of chemotherapy. His eyelashes and eyebrows have fallen out.
Kansas’ relationship with water not resilient, expert says
November 23, 2003
How could we Kansans have presumed to tame rivers and streams with dams? To turn arid lands into a garden by mining water from rock buried deep underground?
Golden Rule could help with cash struggles
November 9, 2003
My mechanic, Gary, says people are bringing cars to his shop with five things wrong, but they can only afford to fix one of them. Some people are driving cars without brake pads, he says.
Architecture can infuse workplace with dignity
October 26, 2003
The word “koyaanisqatsi” comes from the Hopi language. It means “life out of balance” — a crazy life, one that calls for another way of living.
A cleaner world would improve our moods
October 12, 2003
If you want to drive to work in clean clothes and a reasonably good mood, there’s a price. Pollution. I’m not talking about auto emissions. I’m talking about the fact that to drive requires gasoline, to have clean clothes takes detergent and bleach and to be in a decent mood may be impossible without pharmaceutical drugs.
Psychology, spirituality ‘destined for partnership’
September 28, 2003
Carl Jung believed religion was central to being human, while another 20th century giant in psychology, Sigmund Freud, thought religion a mass neurosis.
Seminar explores many meanings of ‘collection’
September 14, 2003
“Collecting” is an odd word. When something collects dust, it’s a random activity. When somebody collects garbage, it’s a systematic gathering of what’s undesirable. When somebody collects art, it’s a gathering of what’s desirable according to one person’s taste. When a scientist collects specimens, it’s a gathering for the entire scientific community.
Dream of flight persists
August 31, 2003
Sometimes when I’m asleep, I know I’m dreaming. Then I look around for a cliff or rooftop to leap from. If I jump from high places in my dreams, I don’t fall. I fly.
KU researcher gets buzz from ancient bee species
August 17, 2003
The honeybee came from Europe to America with the first settlers. Indians always knew when the colonists were encroaching because their bees preceded them. That’s why the Indians called them “white man’s flies.”