Names communicate a lot of information, which is subject to both interpretation and misinterpretation. This discussion of last names and the cultural information they may (or may not) convey is the second of a five part series, "What Do Names Tell Us?"
Do babies have brain-reading capacity between the critical brain-building years from birth to age four that is creating a paradigm shift in the world of beginning reading? Does baby + parent + computer + fun = the perfect mix for baby reading? Eighty per cent of American children five years of age and under use the Internet on a weekly basis. Something new is happening.
A news item relegated to the local section of the New York Times caught my attention. The New York City Fire Department found that it had nearly a million dollars worth of defective fire-safety gloves on its hands. The back-story would be fitting for the dramatic plotline of a modernist morality play in the tradition of Ibsen or even Arthur Miller.
For those of us with infertility, the letter "I" can be a prominent symbol in our lives: sometimes public -- sometimes not. And we have many choices about how to "wear" that symbol in our relationships.
Crime and punishment from the jury box and other observations.
Despite being an avid fan of Law & Order: SVU for the last three seasons, I never experienced firsthand what the American legal process was like, until my first and (I pray, last) jury duty experience.
I'm on vacation, so I'm not posting this week, but I realized with a start that I started my blog five years ago, today. I remember so well writing that first post, and the terror of hitting the button to "publish."
Cheating is a fact of life. Most students think it's wrong but do it anyway. But a new study demonstrates a surprising twist on cheating: We tend to give ourselves credit for being smart when we get answers right by cheating.
People have been looking at their ‘friends' on Facebook for years now, and men especially have been fantasizing about the people they know using this site. New software now explicitly helps us take those unsuspecting friends into pornographic directions.
Personal insecurity from developmental change and the need to fit in so they can socially belong both contibute to making many adolesents more intolerant of individual differences than they were before.
America has become more of a banana republic than the Latin American countries which gave the concept its name. We instantly sour on the politicians we just elected as governors when they fail to remedy our insoluble financial crises.
Why would anyone think it wise to elevate brawn over brain power? If our minds are in bad shape, what will become of us? The last question of the morning stays with me still. "I want to know what to do with my heart. Where should I give it?" What could be more important than knowing THAT?
I've been burdened with the knowledge that the husband of one of my closest friends was unfaithful to her. They have two very young children (one 3 years old and the other 6 months). I am certain that she is not aware of the incident. And I have known about it for several months, debating on what I should do about it.
Bilingualism in a sign language and an oral language, in its spoken or written modality, is relatively frequent but is still not fully accepted. Thus, children who are Deaf or hard of hearing are not systematically brought up knowing and using a sign language and an oral language.
"Can you hear me now?" asks the ubiquitous cell phone user in that popular commercial. Truth is, we can all hear you. Intel's mobile etiquette survey results may surprise you - most of all, we can spot the mobile faux pas on someone else but rarely on ourselves.
A patient of mine has a mentally ill brother who's depressed and anxious, as well as manipulative and stubborn. He often refuses to take medication that's helped him in the past and as a result often ends up lying at home in his bed, unwashed and unkempt, for days at a time.