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The Growing Appeal of Intentional Community. Why can’t we read anymore? – Hugh McGuire. Spending time with friends, or family, I often feel a soul-deep throb coming from that perfectly engineered wafer of stainless steel and glass and rare earth metals in my pocket.

Why can’t we read anymore? – Hugh McGuire

Touch me. Look at me. You might find something marvellous. This sickness is not limited to when I am trying to read, or once-in-a-lifetime events with my daughter. At work, my concentration is constantly broken: finishing writing an article (this one, actually), answering that client’s request, reviewing and commenting on the new designs, cleaning up the copy on the About page. All these tasks critical to my livelihood, get bumped more often than I should admit by a quick look at Twitter (for work), or Facebook (also for work), or an article about Mandelbrot sets (which, just this minute, I read).

Dopamine and digital It turns out that digital devices and software are finely tuned to train us to pay attention to them, no matter what else we should be doing. How can books compete? Pleasing ourselves to death. If-You-Wait-For-Perfect. Is ignorance bliss? Why you think you’re right, even when you’re wrong. Anna Parini Imagine for a moment you’re a soldier in the heat of battle — perhaps a Roman foot soldier, medieval archer or Zulu warrior.

Why you think you’re right, even when you’re wrong

Regardless of your time and place, some things are probably constant. Your adrenaline is elevated, and your actions stem from your deeply ingrained reflexes, reflexes that are rooted in a need to protect yourself and your side and to defeat the enemy. Now, try to imagine playing a very different role: the scout. The scout’s job is not to attack or defend; it’s to understand. You can also think of the soldier and scout roles as mindsets — metaphors for how all of us process information and ideas in our daily lives. However, Dreyfus was the only Jewish officer at that rank in the army, and unfortunately, at the time the French Army was highly anti-Semitic.

The case went to trial, and Dreyfus was found guilty. Other pieces of information are the enemy, and we want to shoot them down. Fortunately, for Dreyfus, there was also a man named Colonel Picquart. Tumblr. Words of Wisdom ~ Parenting & Education. Compiled by Peter Shepherd “Knowledge is learning something new every day.

Words of Wisdom ~ Parenting & Education

Wisdom is letting go of something every day.” —Zen Proverb “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a nation.” “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.” “The mediocre teacher tells. “An investment in knowledge pays the best dividends.” “There are obviously two educations. “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” “Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only that the cat died nobly.” “Learning is not attained by chance. “Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they are open.” “The mind is like the stomach.

“Tell me and I’ll forget. “Your children are not your children. 10 habits you should pick up from your grandmother. Some of us romanticize the past, some of us brush it off altogether — but either way, there’s some good wisdom to be gleaned from generations that weren’t bombarded with consumerism, surrounded by chemicals and discombobulated by the crazy pace of the digital world.

10 habits you should pick up from your grandmother

Yes, we’re talking about the “grandma era.” Known for its wealth of practical solutions, clean living and common sense, the women who forged the road before us were smart cookies. Here are some are some of our favorite grandmotherly habits that are too valuable to be lost. 1. Go for a walk Urban inhabitants and habitual walkers may know this, but for the rest of us it’s good to remember: Walking is fantastic for both body and soul! 2. Of course we were going to include this on the list; it’s one of the basic rules of grandmotherdom. 3. And by this, we mean anything from having a giant plot of flowers and vegetables out back to having a pot of basil on your windowsill. 4. Right? 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.