If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed a bit of a theme. Two weeks ago, I wrote about my penchant for asking “why” and how this sometimes leads me to (respectfully) challenge authority – or at least the status quo. Last week, I took this theme a bit further, discussing civil disobedience, which takes “challenging authority”…

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My family and I recently returned from an amazing overseas visit to Frankfurt – to attend the wedding of one of our (host) daughters – and Vienna – to visit with another. During our time in Austria, we took a day trip to the Mauthausen concentration camp, two hours west of Vienna. The atrocities that took place at Mauthausen…

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One of my favorite questions is “Why?” Unfortunately, people don’t really like that question. Educators are not supposed to ask “why”…they are just supposed to DO. Bosses don’t like, “why,” either. Believe it or not, they find it confrontational. Husbands are frequently annoyed by “why.” Especially when there is no easy answer (sorry, Bill). In this world, people who…

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Remember last week, when I wrote that ideas start to flow as we tap into our innate creativity? Well, there’s a reason for that. Carl Jung, the famous psychologist known for his theory of the Collective Unconscious, believed that not only does each human being have an individual psyche, there also exists a collective, or universal psyche, that “houses,”…

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I used to think there were only two kinds of people in the world – those who were creative and those who were not. Until recently, I would have told anyone who asked that I fell squarely into the second camp. I can’t draw, I’m not particularly crafty, I don’t play an instrument, and I can’t dance or sing…

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My son is a big fan of Neil Degrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. For a school project, Evan created some laminated bookmarks, on which were written various quotes from famous scientists, like Tyson.  Of course, being an avid reader, I absconded with the bookmarks as soon as he brought them back home – one can never…

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Ok all you fellow Psyc majors, I know you’ve heard of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, MD, and her book, On Death and Dying. As any good Psychology major knows, Kubler-Ross is famous for identifying the five stages of grief (death): denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Truth be told, Kubler-Ross didn’t set out to find these “stages,” and in fact, resisted…

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  I just watched an insanely adorable video about Leanne Lauricella and her Goats of Anarchy. Leanne rescues and rehabs baby goats who have injuries or birth defects, many of whom would otherwise be euthanized. When Leanne quit a good job in New York City to pursue her passion, people called her crazy! They wondered why she bothered saving…

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Guess what? I am a neophiliac! I just realized there is a word for those of us who constantly crave new or novel experiences. Traditionally, novelty-seeking has been thought of as a negative trait, due to its correlation with impulsiveness, extravagance, and substance abuse (we are easily bored and perhaps, therefore, seek alternative states of consciousness). However, researchers now…

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  The other day, a colleague and I were having a philosophical discussion (in other words, we were talking about religion). As we contemplated various religious practices, wondering about their purpose and benefit, we of course, hit upon the practice of confession. I mentioned that when I lived in south Texas, I would sometimes attend church with my Catholic…

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