Posted in February 2013

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Sleep deprived and overworked — is that you?

  The modern day version of “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” is “snooze you lose.” This reflects the ever increasing anxiety over falling behind, if we don’t keep busy.   I want to put a new aphorism in circulation: “Snore more.” It’s not great—it’s not even good, as snoring can be both annoying and … Continue reading

Consolation through silence

  In a world filled with gadgets and apps, we sometimes forget the power of silence. The simplicity of merely being with another is in itself a source of comfort. As May Sarton writes, “Sometimes silence is the greatest sign of understanding and respect. It is far more consoling than words of false comfort.”   … Continue reading

Critical thinking and passing on your values

  I missed this when it was news, but it is worth commenting on: the Texas Republican Party, in its 2012 platform, rejected “critical thinking skills” as a worthy educational goal.   It is easy to lampoon this position and think that only a buffoon could be against critical thinking. But more important than derision … Continue reading

Willed ignorance

  Riding the subway, I was surprised to find a stop at Dachau. In my mind, concentration camps existed in deep forests, far from urban centers. But there it was, accessible by the commuter railroad, not far from downtown Munich.   I was in this southern German city for a few days, staying at a … Continue reading

First impressions really do matter

  Do first impressions matter? A colleague thinks so. As each semester begins, he greets his students wearing a jacket and tie.   “You make only one first impression,” he says. So while the rest of the semester he teaches class in his usual, more casual garb, the first week he presents a different image. … Continue reading

Bereavement is a form of emotional sickness

  Suffering a death of a loved one is analogous to a physical injury. Some people shrug off injuries, some go into shock. One wound may take days to heal, a similar wound at another time may take the same person months to heal. Healing has no timetable. Indeed some feelings may never go away. … Continue reading