Monthly Archives: February 2013


I recently read a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, and found it very interesting. I’ve been noticing for years that introverts are a misunderstood and under-appreciated group of … Continue reading

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To This Day–An Anti-Bullying Project

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Never has anything so wrong stuck into our consciousness for so long. Really. Who believes that names don’t hurt? If you doubt that names can hurt, take … Continue reading

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My Boggart Plan

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the kids learn about boggarts. A boggart is, according to Hermione, a “shape-shifter…it can take the shape of whatever it thinks will frighten us most.” Professor Lupin tells the kids about boggarts … Continue reading

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In the Presence of a Master

I went to an Aikido seminar a last weekend and was completely blown away by the teacher. Saotome Shihan (shihan is an honorific title for a master teacher) has been training in Aikido since…1955! He directly trained under Morihei Ueshiba … Continue reading

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Sacrifice and the little mermaid

Last week, as part of my work, I read a book of Hans Christian Anderson fairy tales. I paid close attention to The Little Mermaid. I couldn’t help but think about how different the original was from the Disney version. … Continue reading

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Richard III and Mary Ingalls

What do King Richard III and Mary Ingalls have in common? Science and a good story. Both were featured in news stories on Monday, because new scientific or medical information came to light. Both have the scientific, literary, and historical … Continue reading

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The Electric Guitar (or How I Hate Long Guitar Solos)

I may lose my membership in the Headbanger’s Club for writing this, but I must publicly declare it…I HATE long guitar solos. Hate them. Any guitar solo over about 30 seconds is too long in my book. Honestly, I’d rather … Continue reading

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