Solitude and solace: these two English words seem related, beginning the same way and looking similar on the page, but deceptively so. They are false cognates, though. Arising from different roots separated by a thousand miles and a thousand years, their senses diverge, the one leaning toward desolation, the other toward consolation. Occasionally the two move closer, convergence playing out in our solitary leisure. On an ideal Saturday the summer before last, I joined several thousand friends in a charity ride to raise money for research conducted at the local cancer research center. A frayed cable that proved too complicated to fix that morning, however, effectively left my bike with just three gears, not enough to comfortably complete the 100K course. I gritted my teeth. But a passing group came to the rescue. They pulled me along in their slipstream and in the process taught me to ride fast (faster than I had ever ridden) and wheel-to-wheel. That experience taught me a great … [Read more...] about 300 Days of Solitude
mRNA COVID vaccines do not change our genes, even though it might seem intuitive that they would. Source: Artem Podrez/Pexels Writer and spy novelist Alex Berenson is neither a medical doctor nor a scientist, yet he frequently provides medical and scientific misinformation about the coronavirus in outlets ranging from Fox News to Twitter. Most recently, he has conflated mRNA vaccines for COVID, such as those made by Pfizer and Moderna, with gene therapy . On Twitter, he claimed that “[t]hough Moderna avoids calling what it does gene therapy (in part because regulators historically look harder at gene therapy than other biologics), the scientific literature is less discreet.” He then provides links that, he falsely implies, show that mRNA vaccines change our DNA. Fortunately, numerous actual experts quickly countered Berenson’s misinformation with facts, including Princeton scientist Sam Wang who tweeted : “@AlexBerenson is flat-out lying . ‘Gene therapy’ refers to … [Read more...] about No, COVID Vaccines Don’t Alter Our Genes
When I promised to post a blog describing what healthy eating really is, I almost immediately realized that I was opening up...well... a can of beans. People are passionate about their eating and food plans, and if you question their habits, be prepared for an avalanche of objections. In part, that may be a good thing. When it comes to healthy eating, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. The Dalai Lama eats meat because he gets sick when he doesn't. Several friends follow a modified raw food diet ; they seem full of radiant good health. Another friend avoids sugar--she's lost 35 pounds--but otherwise eats as she will. My 92-year- old aunt seems to subsist mainly on dark chocolate candy, and she's fit and sharp. Me, I'm a contented omnivore (full disclosure). Of course, you will consider your own health conditions as you read this blog. How you decide to eat depends, as everything does, on your motivators. Do you want to lose weight for your health? Then your eating plan must … [Read more...] about Healthy Eating, For All the Right Reasons
Hearing about mass shootings can bring about strong reactions, which can make it difficult to be in the present moment. Our feelings may breed concerns about our “weakness” or “insensitivity,” for example, leading us to question our identities. When people are faced with death, common regrets include not spending enough time with loved ones, not being fully present, and not taking good care of themselves. Some ways to live more meaningfully include considering whether you are spending enough time with loved ones, challenging yourself, and being more grateful for what you have. A name and brief bio are offered in several media outlets of the victims from the Atlanta, Georgia and Boulder, Colorado mass shootings. I teeter on wanting to know more about each of them, and not wanting to know. I am fearful that if I “know” them, my pain will intensify, and I will perseverate over my sorrow for each of them. Source: Daniel Reche/Pexels I will have a visual — … [Read more...] about Coping with Our Thoughts and Feelings Following Mass Shootings
Source: Unsplash “In a design paradigm...the solution is not locked away somewhere waiting to be discovered but lies in the creative work of the team. The creative process generates ideas and concepts that have not existed before.”–Tim Brown, Change by Design Is Design Thinking More Than a Buzzword? The term design thinking or human-centered design has been gaining steam for at least a decade in contexts as varied as education and finance. Design thinking may conjure up images of a problem-solving elixir, but, like creativity itself, it’s become such a buzzword that most people don’t know what it really means. Design thinking is part of a long, solid history of humans trying to harness and maximize the creative thinking that drives innovation. If we are completely honest, we can trace some of the underpinnings back to the famed philosophers of the fourth and fifth centuries B.C. With the growing complexity of problems and increasing rate of change, the twentieth … [Read more...] about Is Design Thinking the Best Creative Process for Business?