A Grad Student’s Reflection: Optimista Vagyok

Kevin Earl

By Kevin Earl  Everyone needs words to live by, philosophies that guide their choices. Christian Frederick Nielsen Twede, my great, great, great grandfather, had his rules for the day that he recorded in his journal in 1887, which I included four years ago in a blog post about New Year’s resolutions. Some of his rules…

Got Arithmophobia?

Learning Maths

Many people fear math or suffer from arithmophobia; one of my artist friends refers to math as a “dark art.” A group of clever doctoral students created an answer—StudyGeek.org . This free site includes lessons, games, and free math solvers. StudyGeek.org takes a fun approach to math. The site has an easy-to-digest tone making concepts…

Starting Over…PHD Drop-Out

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by Cali Pitchel, Belief Agency In kindergarten I changed my name to Sarah Dunlevy-Michaelson. This was a hybrid of sorts, the first and last names of classmates and friends. Upon changing my identity, I told my teachers and fellow kindergarteners that my parents were dead, and I proudly announced (inspired by my favorite storybook at…

Five Great Books for under $15

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Looking for a good read to challenge or refresh your thinking? Here are five classics (or at least favorites) that range from simple to soulful. For less than $15, you can add all of these to your bookshelf—or tablet for you Millennials. The One Minute Manager (Blanchard & Johnson, 1982). This may be the first…

The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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By Cali Pitchel, Belief Agency Martin Luther King, Jr. was a master orator. It is not uncommon to hear his name among other great communicators, including Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, and Barack Obama. His speeches were poignant, powerful, and beautifully delivered. He knew when to pause, when to repeat himself, and when to raise his…

Attitude

Lunak

We have all seen the news about our heroes who came and come home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Seeing the stories in the media is different than knowing these people firsthand. I have had the pleasure of knowing one of those heroes and watching his return to civilian life—the good and the disappointing. There is…

Happy New Year! Forget writing resolutions…write your obituary.

Happy 2014!

Annually, people make resolutions only to quietly fail within weeks of January 1. How much do health clubs and gyms profit on failed resolutions? Behavioral economics and organizational research explains this and offers some ideas to overcome resolutions that do not stick. Behavioral economics research suggest decisions are generally emotion-based (see separate Nobel Prize winning…

Merry Christmas from Gavriel’s Horn.

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(from GH Archive) By the way, when did “Happy Holidays” replace the now controversial “Merry Christmas”? Consider two stories. In this past week, a group of young carolers were chased—not politely asked to leave—by a woman offended by the thought of Christmas; and a young man ringing a Salvation Army bell for the poor was…

Mandela’s Leadership Legacy: The Power of Grit

Nelson Mandela visiting Robben Island cell

In 1976, I was in 7th grade social studies when I first learned about caste systems and apartheid. I recall being completely dumbstruck thinking, “How could this be the case in the modern world?” After all, in 1976 we celebrated the country’s bicentennial! It was difficult for my 12 year-old mind to digest. For the…

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving II

President George Washington declared Thursday, November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God.” Washington’s proclamation of a day for the nation to stop and thank God has seen many legal iterations. However, it is essentially the…