Getting back on the water

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After a weekend away with my family –my kids and their partners – camping in my resurrected leviathan named Thunderbutt, I’ve come down with a nasty cold, spread to me by one of my offspring. Things haven’t changed much since they were toddlers.

Which is unfortunate, as it gives me too much time to brood. I’ve reached another crossroad and despite many hours of careful thought and consideration, despite endless teeth-gnashing and hand wringing, I still have no way which to go.

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Understanding lack, understanding mind

poverty-ball-and-chain-940pxThe image is apt, but why do we need to show a person of colour in the example, when in any other context Caucasian is the default choice?

 

This article from Harvard Magazine is very interesting. But what I want to know, and what it doesn’t address is how growing up in scarcity –economic and spiritual – effects the developing brain, and how do these impacts become permanent features of personality?

It seems so surprising that this is something new and exciting in economics, given that we have known about it in psychology for a long time: that emotional arousal is inversely correlated to cognitive performance. An extreme example is in so-called crimes of passion, but it operates at much lower levels as well: when we are stressed we can’t think clearly. This isn’t weakness, it’s a fact of an organic reptilian brain. Continue reading

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Writer wanderings

wrightThis last week was a Canada-wide event in which authors gather to support independent bookstores: Authors for Indies. Authors contacted participating bookstores and offered to show up and pitch their titles. Bookstores participated by advertising the event to readers who might show up, buy a book, and get an author’s signature. A win-win scenario for both writers and bookstores.

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