December 31 , 2014 /

LISTENING, LEARNING AND MOVING FORWARD

I once said to Bill Moyers that one reason I enjoyed his presentations was that he was a very good teacher and I learned so much by just listening to him.  He is a great storyteller.   He responded by saying that he considered himself the student and was always eager to learn from others.

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December 22 , 2014 /

TEN LESSONS LEARNED IN A 50-YEAR CAREER

   1.    Keep learning alive – Commit to becoming a life-long learner and whether or not you are an early adopter, consider how the world has changed and you along with it.  2.    Step out of your comfort zone – Whether in learning something new, understanding and appreciating the opposing point of view, or becoming

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December 21 , 2014 /

WINTER SOLSTICE IS TODAY

On Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 6:03 PM Eastern Time (for me) the sun reaches its southernmost point before starting back on its northward trek toward Spring.  You can calculate your own time accordingly. Actually it has more to do with the tilt of the earth on its axis and its elliptical orbit but we will

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December 16 , 2014 /

CURIOSITY

A colleague asked me to write something about curiosity and in so doing I wondered about what it is that makes us curious.  When we see or hear something about which we want to know more, what is it that propels us to explore in more depth and detail toward a greater level of understanding?  

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December 7 , 2014 /

MORTALITY and the GIFT OF TIME

Atul Gawande’s recent book, Being Mortal:Medicine and What Matters in the End, takes a good look at how we, and the medical community, deal with people in the later years of their lives. For those of us with aging parents or who ourselves are already past the midpoint, whatever that may be, there are some

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December 4 , 2014 /

MISSING BRAINS

You may have seen the story coming from the University of Texas and the mystery of 100 missing brains.  It seems they were destroyed in 2002.  They were getting rid of “biological waste” either due to lack of use or no longer needed for neuroscience research. Regardless of the reasons, it started my brain to

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