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Archive for June, 2014

Cow. Town.

Friday, June 27th, 2014

cow town

The rolling hills of Ohio where there are cows-a-plenty.

Shot on an iPhone by Jackie Danicki.

Why do Dalmatians have spots ?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Forbes recently published an article that curiosity is one of our main superpowers – but it’s a superpower frequently neglected. Author of Autopilot: The Art and Science of Doing Nothing, Andrew Smart states that curiosity is “the sense of not having the fear of the unfamiliar and having the ability to cope with the unfamiliar.” Smart further explains that humans have a hard-wired instinct to run from surprise and uncertainty. As such, adults often struggle with fully embracing curiosity because breaking from familiarity and routine is much more challenging.

Childhood curiosity is the superpower in optimum form. Children do what they wish, regardless of whether or not they are particularly talented at it. Before long, the curiosity and confidence that goes along with the adventurous childhood spirit, loses its luster. Children pursue the skills that they are good at, or praised for and neglect their interests in other areas. Eventually, this ‘talent’ determination prompts insecurity and judgment, which burdens the curiosity complex.

Albert Einstein said that curiosity was the foundation for creativity and invention. Is there a way to make a case for empowering and preserving curiosity?

Like many things in life, the case for curiosity can start in the classroom. Fostering curiosity is the key to learning. Curiosity doesn’t mean knowing the answers, it means being interested enough in finding them. Students must feel worthy of and encouraged to seek. They need to feel entitled to ask questions, to stray, to explore. But stimulating curiosity amongst children is increasingly difficult.

Curiosity is no longer a victim of age. Due to common curriculum and standardize testing, the focus on knowing the answer, rather than asking the question, is transforming the standards of intellectual achievement. The Internet has made searching for answers possible in a few keystrokes and technology has provided children with an easy distraction once occupied by imagination. Both have made the wandering and wondering necessary for building curiosity a more challenging reality.

George Loewenstein, author of the Psychology of Curiosity, explains: “(curiosity arises) when attention becomes focused on a gap in one’s knowledge. Such information gaps produced the feeling of deprivation labeled curiosity. The curious individual is motivated to obtain the missing information to reduce or eliminate the feeling of deprivation.”

In order to keep this rapidly diminishing curiosity alive, to not only fill the deprivation, and to recognize it’s existence, the world needs to be less focused on meeting intense expectations – on being perfect. Life isn’t about restricting our potential to the things we are good at. Curiosity doesn’t come from things we already know – it lies in all there is to discover.

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker

Dracula’s beat.

Friday, June 20th, 2014

lantern at night

The din of the night, creatures lurking in the shadows and evil awaits…..

Airing Your Dirty Laundry, But Not On Purpose

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

At the intersection of rude and embarrassing, you will most likely find a cell phone.

Today, individuals are seemingly so insecure about being on their own, that their lives are constantly spent connected to a screen. From taking pictures, refreshing emails, sending messages, or holding “traditional” phone conversations, it’s a rare occurrence to see people without a phone-in-hand. Because, being alone is just so awkward, uncomfortable and embarrassing – right? What these same individuals don’t realize is their attempt to be less embarrassing actually has the reverse effect. 

Embarrassment – an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself, experienced upon having a socially unacceptable act or condition witnessed by or revealed to others. 

Society’s recent measures to prevent “embarrassment” are quite ironic, to say the least. From what it seems, it is much less embarrassing to talk about your sister’s divorce while grocery shopping, to take a selfie while waiting at the doctor’s office, or to review your finances on the elliptical. Within a matter of minutes, complete strangers no longer just know what your ordered from Starbucks, but your sales pitch, prescriptions orders, and dog’s day care. And that’s just too much information….

Is there such thing as undisclosed TMI? Even more, does it make sense for someone else’s embarrassment to actually be rude? Welcome to the 21st century.

Amy Alkon, the author of syndicated column, The Advice Goddess, I See Rude People: One Women’s Battle To Beat Some Manners Into Impolite Society, and Good Manners For Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck writes that rudeness of all kinds is at its peak, and this dismal condition is due in large part to technology.

Rude – offensively impolite or ill-mannered.

So what do you do you come across the annoying and rude people taking fish-face selfies for Snapchat, arranging food for Instagram, texting while walking or driving, and those chatting on the phone for all to hear. And, what if that person is you? Perhaps, Ms. Alkon says, “the manners of our future are best informed by our wireless past.” There is no reason why we all shouldn’t try to have peace and quiet. Not only for the sake of the individuals around us, but for ourselves. Who would have thought that resorting back to traditional manners might prompt a boost in self-confidence? More than anything, Ms. Alkon writes the essence of manners is empathy. “The missing link in our understanding of conflict is our failure to realize how vulnerable humans are to being treated as if they didn’t matter.”

Flora & Fauna

Friday, June 13th, 2014


We see the flora, or plants, but where are the fauna ?

Shot on an iPhone by Jon Keeling.