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Updated Sept. 19, 2008 11:59 p.m. ET There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, "Morning, boys, how's the water?"

David Foster Wallace on Life and Work

David Foster Wallace on Life and Work
Life Learning Today Life Learning Today Artwork attribution: “The Many Kinds of Girl” by vonnie-seiyuki-chan If you or someone you know would like to feel better about their body, please check out my new website called Real Women’s Bodies. The site’s mission is to help women learn to accept, like, and love their bodies.
At various points, readers have seemed quite surprised to find out that I live in Iowa and that I can see cornfields in two directions from the back porch of the house I’m about to buy. By sheer numbers, many more people live in urban environments than live in an environment like this, and many of those can’t even imagine living in such an area. Obviously, there are some disadvantages to living here, chief among them cultural. I have few opportunities to experience large cultural events in Iowa (though there are many interesting small ones) and cultural trends often take a very long time to reach here. You Don’t Need Six Figures: The Financial Realities of Living in Iowa (The Simple Dollar) You Don’t Need Six Figures: The Financial Realities of Living in Iowa (The Simple Dollar)
Overwhelming Evidence: Good Old Days Are Now (mjperry.blogspot.com) Overwhelming Evidence: Good Old Days Are Now (mjperry.blogspot.com) Overwhelming Evidence: Good Old Days Are Now The chart above is from a 1995 Reason Magazine article "The Good Old Days Are Now," by W. Michael Cox, senior vice president and chief economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Forget what you've heard in the media about "working harder and getting further behind." Most Americans today have both more leisure and better goods than they did even 10 or 20 years ago, and most of us certainly live at a much higher standard of living than our grandparents or great-grandparents, despite the fact that many people today mistakenly think their standard of living is declining.