Who’s Afraid of Being Idle?

I recently came across an article titled “Japanese aghast at prospect of extra-long holiday to celebrate coronation.” It came out almost 4 years ago, when, to celebrate the transition to the transition to a new emperor. Japan passed a bill that gave an unprecedented 10 days off to celebrate the momentous occasions. One person quoted … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Being Idle?

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Are there Magical Numbers?

When discussing how many #1 priorities one can have, Wynne brought up an interesting point about the power some numbers have. She related how her father gave sermons that had no more than 3 points, and asked if there was something magical about the number 3. Not for the first time, she got me thinking … Continue reading Are there Magical Numbers?

True or False: Food Edition (Spoiler: FALSE!)

My favorite part of the blogosphere remains the discussions in the comment section, and as LuAnne suggested in a comment, here comes part II of the True or False series, this time, about food. As a reminder, our first installment was myths about our very own bodies, so what better way to continue than with … Continue reading True or False: Food Edition (Spoiler: FALSE!)

How many #1 Priorities Do You Have?

I once read a story about a lady who walked along a river and saw someone drowning. The lady immediately jumped into the river, saved the drowning person, and just as she was done with CPR, she saw another person drowning. She jumped back into the river and saved this second drowning person. And, yes, … Continue reading How many #1 Priorities Do You Have?

True or False: Body Edition (Spoiler: FALSE!)

The most rewarding element of the blogosphere, for me, is the fascinating discussions that sometimes emerge in the comment section of blogs. Like the one that emerged after Evelyn recently asked us what a year feels like. It turns out that a lot of our perceptions, like that of time, which seems to go faster … Continue reading True or False: Body Edition (Spoiler: FALSE!)

When You Need Cheering Up Part III: Top 5 Holiday Themed Movies

‘Tis the season to be jolly and merry and full of cheer. But what if you need a "cheer-me-up"? I know I can always use a little more cheer. And sometimes a lot more cheer. To help with bringing a little more cheer your way, here comes the third installment of our “When You Need … Continue reading When You Need Cheering Up Part III: Top 5 Holiday Themed Movies

Don’t you sometimes wish you could say…

If only we had a team of talented writers following us everywhere, who would simply know what we wished to say and would telepathically transmit to us, at the right time, that wonderful comeback or the finely crafted and winning argument. I don’t have such a team. My tongue often manages to stumble in a … Continue reading Don’t you sometimes wish you could say…

Thanksgiving Edition Revised: Top 6 Inventors Who Gifted Their Inventions to Humanity

It is tradition that we reflect on what we’re grateful for this time of year. And in our previous Thanksgiving Edition we focused on unsung heroes, inventors who gifted their gifts to humanity, knowing what monumental positive impact they can have on us, and not requiring monetary payment for it. After even more reflection, we … Continue reading Thanksgiving Edition Revised: Top 6 Inventors Who Gifted Their Inventions to Humanity

Have you wondered what we look like … ? (Halloween version)

It’s not just because of Halloween that we noticed this: a lot of TV shows find great joy in showing us the inside out ourselves. Perhaps I should be more interested what blood flowing through an artery looks like, or what the kidneys really look like, after all, it’s a little bit embarrassing to know … Continue reading Have you wondered what we look like … ? (Halloween version)

Horseless Carriage Thinking: a Helping Hand or Hindering Hand?

Horseless Carriage Thinking had me at hello: as soon as I was introduced to it, many years ago, I was captivated by the ease it offered to introduce new concepts. How so? Horseless Carriage is the way cars were originally introduced: not as something brand new, but instead as something more familiar. Since people then … Continue reading Horseless Carriage Thinking: a Helping Hand or Hindering Hand?