Are we alone together?

After three people, including my husband, heard Sherry Turkle on National Public Radio on October 18, 2012, and told me about her new book, I looked up the Fresh Air interview online. In her book Alone Together, Turkle, a clinical psychologist and founder of MIT’s Initiative on Technology and Self, explores how technology is changing […]

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Beautiful and brainy

During the 1940s, the public relations department at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer promoted movie star Hedy Lamarr as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” But Hedy had brains and beauty. Together with composer George Antheil, she invented spread-spectrum radio, the technology that made wireless phones, GPS systems and many other devices possible. In his book Hedy’s Folly—the […]

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A different kind of beauty

In her book Wild—From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed tells how startled she was when she looked into a mirror after three weeks hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. She looked like “a woman who had been the victim of a violent and bizarre crime,” she writes. “Bruises that ranged in […]

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The world offers itself

On the wall, above the stairs, in between the dinosaur exhibit and the bird exhibit, in Dallas’ wonderful new Perot Museum of Nature and Science, I discovered this quote. “The world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting.” –Mary Oliver –Joy

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Death by suburb

No matter if you live in the country or a city or a suburb, David L. Goetz, in his book Death By Suburb—How to Keep the Suburbs from Killing Your Soul, offers some interesting comments about surviving in our hectic world: “Busyness and efficiency stalk the deeper, spiritual life….The practice of solitude may be the […]

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Slow down

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. I’ve been busy getting ready for Christmas. Most of the time, I have been happy busy. Busy, but not frantic. Now that Christmas is over, I’m planning a quiet day, a day with a slower pace. A peaceful day. Peace? This […]

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. We usually share a new blog post on Tuesday, but we’re publishing early because tomorrow is Christmas Day. Tomorrow we’re going to turn off our computers, our TVs and our radios and enjoy every minute of the day with […]

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Cherish your memories

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. Even though I love Christmas, I sometimes have to fight sadness during the holiday season. I feel sad when I remember how my three brothers and our children would crowd into my mother’s small house. It was always a happy day. […]

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Celebrate with a child

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. When my friend Everett, who’s five-years-old, came to visit, he told me what he wants for Christmas. He sang the song he’s going to sing at his Christmas performance at preschool. Then, he announced that he wanted to play Duck, Duck, […]

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Take good care of yourself

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned. I am not going to tell you anything that you don’t already know. However, when we’re busy buying presents, entertaining and going to holiday parties, decorating your house and cooking, and writing Christmas cards, we all sometimes forget to take care […]

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