We have all read accounts of the exorbitant prices paid at auction for items once owned by a celebrity: John F. Kennedy’s golf clubs sold for $772,000; John Lennon’s piano costs $2,000,000.00. Why do people pay an absurd price for a celebrity object?
Endangered languages are often in the news, and it might be tempting to say, let's go learn some. An excellent book on Yucatec Maya (spoken in Mexico) offers a sophisticated discussion of the cultural mechanics of doing this.
Nonhumans show us why we all need others we can count on. They help in times of need, it feels good to have close friends, and it's good for an individual's health and well-being. The more we study other animals the more we learn about their fascinating lives and about ourselves. We should be proud of our animal heritage.
Aung San Suu Kyi admits she has a temper and masters it. She listens and seeks compromise. She refuses to sully her heart with hate. What if more of us worked on ourselves instead of working at each other? How would we live then?
As we move into a 24/7 Smart Phone society, we miss the moments around a table when you come to know each other just a little bit better. A table is a good place for couples in love and marriage to communicate. Is it any wonder that "come to the table" is an expression used in business negotiations?
Plato's most beautiful myth. A long time ago, there were three kinds of human beings: male, descended from the sun; female, descended from the earth; and androgynous, with both male and female elements, descended from the moon.
Recently I heard from one of my friends about the challenge of dealing with a 15-year old who was using curse words at the rate of two a sentence. It was evident to me right away that if the same behavior came from her partner, she would have responded differently.What varies, I realized, is the nature of the relationship, not the effect of the behavior itself.
Stuff Every Mom Should Know (Quirk Books, 2012) by Heather Gibbs Flett and Whitney Moss is a sweet, eminently readable, gift book for the new mom with practical hints ranging from "how to sing a baby to sleep" to "how to make a grilled cheese sandwich." It also has a chapter on "How to Meet Other Moms," something often asked about on my blog.
High school and intercollegiate teams often have athletic trainers familiar with concussion guidelines and baseline testing. However, most boys and girls are playing on recreational teams where there is no trainer, no baseline testing, and a coach with little or no training in the diagnosis or management of concussions.