Steps to Better Thinking?

Steps to Better Thinking?

Several years ago, on a trip to England with friends, we decided to visit Charles Darwin’s home in Downe, some fifteen miles south of London in the Kent countryside. The home itself proved fascinating, not because of its architecture or historical importance so much...
September Song

September Song

There’s something about a grey September day that makes the heart grow melancholy. Shakespeare, in his sonnet No. 73, captures this brooding sense of autumn when he likens himself to the season. That time of year thou mayest in me beholdWhen yellow leaves, or none, or...
A stroke of insight

A stroke of insight

On the 10th of December, 1996, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist, experienced a rare form of stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. Within four hours, she watched her mind lose its ability to process information. “By the end of that...
A Sense Of Wonder

A Sense Of Wonder

Kids come by it naturally. A stone, a leaf, a snowflake—any object, no matter how ordinary, can be transformed by the mind of a child into something special and full of mystery. Seen this way, the world teems with wonder and delight. Years pass and the child outgrows...
A Sense Of Wonder

Dad’s Walk

Every year about this time I find myself thinking a lot about my dad. It was right around now, many years ago, that he started on what proved to be an epic walk. Dad was born in 1910 and died in 2002. He married Mom in the middle of the Great Depression and eventually...
A stroke of insight

Use It

  One of the least understood and most valuable entities in the universe is the three-pound electro-chemical tangle of nerve cells known as the human brain. Consisting of some 100 billion neurons and another trillion support cells, the brain is in essence a...

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