August 3 , 2014 /

OBSTACLES TO SUSTAINED THOUGHT

FOG The origin of the word is obscure but we all know its meaning. It is usually associated with damp, moist and thick air where Sound travels better although it might seem muffled. Apparently the drops of water in fog are not connected And it’s really hard to see (or think) in a very thick

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July 11 , 2014 /

CALLING TO MIND

Earlier this week, a name came to me, perhaps because we were talking about various authors, or for some unknown reason, but the name kind of popped into my head and I could not remember what he wrote.  It would have been easy to just “look it up” as Google dumbs us down and makes

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July 11 , 2014 /

WHAT IS THE RUSH?

We have endured what a lot of people believe, which is more, faster and bigger are better.  Competition in many situations is all but out of control and cooperation has been sidelined in favor of winning.   It may be unfortunate that the U.S. Dept. of Education chose “race to the top” for their latest effort

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June 18 , 2014 /

SOLSTICE

This coming Saturday, June 21, marks the annual event known as solstice, summer in the northern hemisphere, winter in the southern hemisphere.  Literally, it’s the moment when the “sun stands still” before it starts back in the other direction and for those of us in the north, it is the “longest” day, meaning the most

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June 15 , 2014 /

LEARNING FROM A SMALL STONE

Ever notice how little things can become a big irritation if you don’t do something about them?   This morning, while taking a walk, I got a small stone in my shoe and I could feel it moving around.  Sometimes it was more irritating than others but I thought I would keep walking and hope it

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June 8 , 2014 /

TOP TEN AFFLICTIONS AFFECTING EDUCATORS

I wrote this originally a few years ago and people seemed to enjoy it.  It’s good for a laugh at the end of the academic year so herewith a reprise.  Some further treatments and therapies may be in the works.  10. MABS – Myopic, Apathetic, Blame Syndrome – This disease is characterized by lack of

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