Because they could

A Cautionary Tale by Kurt Borne   They made fire, because they could. They realized the effects were good. But they never considered how exactly it was that they could. They were just happy that they could.   They learned to write and share ideas, because they could. They thought, “Since we can it must be good.” But they never stopped to consider the wonder of it all, just that they could.   They ruled over others, because they could. “We’re stronger than them, so for us it’s good.” But they never stopped to consider the danger, and whether they … Continue reading Because they could

Brain, Interrupted

By Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson May 3, 2013 Technology has given us many gifts, among them dozens of new ways to grab our attention. It’s hard to talk to a friend without your phone buzzing at least once. Odds are high you will check your Twitter feed or Facebook wall while reading this article. Just try to type a memo at work without having an e-mail pop up that ruins your train of thought. But what constitutes distraction? Does the mere possibility that a phone call or e-mail will soon arrive drain your brain power? And does distraction matter — do … Continue reading Brain, Interrupted

The Wit & Wisdom Of Homer J. Simpson

Now, I don’t think I need to preface this with the caveat that Homer is the perfect example of what NOT to do, and how NOT to live. I just couldn’t resist sharing some of his best quotes. These just make me laugh at how not to live. (I guess I would suggest that whatever Homer’s promoting, do the opposite!!) So without further ado, I give you Homer: You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine. Marge, don’t discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. … Continue reading The Wit & Wisdom Of Homer J. Simpson

The Greatest Century That Ever Was

This article discusses the amazing century that was the 1900s. “The Greatest Century That Ever Was – 25 Miraculous Trends of the Past 100 Years” by Stephen Moore and Julian L. Simon shows us just how much important progress was made in just 100 years. Click the link to read the full study: “GreatestCenturyThatEverWas” Continue reading The Greatest Century That Ever Was

Youth + Internet = Learning about Tree Octopi

Will Our Youth Believe Anything They Read On The Internet? Just Ask The Tree Octopus By Brett Michael Dykes February 2, 2011 Every few months, almost like clockwork, an alarming report comes along purporting to show that the Internet is turning everyone’s brains — particularly the brains of this generation’s children — into mush. It’s apparently that time again. A few days ago Pearson, which bills itself as “the world’s leading PreK-20 educational publishing company,” sent out a press release touting a new study. Its title was attention-grabbing: “Schools Facing Learning Crisis Spawned by Internet.” Its opening line read: “Schools … Continue reading Youth + Internet = Learning about Tree Octopi

Steve Jobs: How To Live Before You Die

If you haven’t seen it yet, “Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement address at Stanford University” is definitely worth a look. Below are some of his memorable quotes on the subjects of connecting the dots of your life, loving your work, and living your own life. “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking backwards. You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something. Your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow … Continue reading Steve Jobs: How To Live Before You Die

The Happy Secret to Better Work

Here is an entertaining yet serious look at how positive psychology and happiness can be the answer to more productive employees and organizations: Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work. Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc., researches life’s “positive outliers,” people who are considered “well above average,” to better understand where human potential, success, and happiness intersect. He points to research that shows individual happiness and organizational success as inextricably linked, that employees who have higher levels of life satisfaction are more productive, produce greater sales, and are more resilient in the face of challenges. In his recent TED talk, Achor says, … Continue reading The Happy Secret to Better Work

A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

I happened to run across this article recently, entitled “Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give.” I liked it so much, and agree with it so strongly, that I thought I’d share it with you this week. It speaks for itself. Enjoy! Continue reading A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give

Today’s Wants vs. Needs ~ Maslow’s Hierarchy Today

“The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short.” ~ Abraham Maslow Many, many years ago in my early college days, I learned in at least one business and one psychology class about Abraham Maslow’s “A Theory of Human Motivation” and his “Hierarchy of Needs.” I was intrigued by the overall concept and I generally agreed with it then, and I still very much agree with it today. In fact Maslow’s Hierarchy has continually popped up in my brain over these many years as I observe human nature. In fact, I think our modern society … Continue reading Today’s Wants vs. Needs ~ Maslow’s Hierarchy Today