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Right brain learning

Fascinating talk about how we learn. Worth 20 minutes if you have the time.

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Just Start Writing

Back in elementary school I remember sitting at our kitchen table, staring down at a blank piece of paper. I had to write a book report but when I tried to begin, I became so overwhelmed by the magnitude of the project that I just froze and couldn’t think of anything to write.

So I asked my Dad what to do and he said, “Just start writing.”

While it may seem counterintuitive, or just impossible, this was the best advice I’ve gotten on writing.

Just start.

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The Importance of a Good Story

A few weeks ago, I saw the movie Arrival. There are no spoilers in this post but I wanted to write some of my thoughts after seeing what might be my favorite movie ever, or at least in my top 5.

If you have kids, this movie will crush you. The main story is of course about making contact with the aliens who have arrived, but the secondary story weaved throughout the movie is about family and the strong relationships that bond us in unique ways.

The story itself takes on a different perspective from most alien contact movies I’ve seen. This is not your typical “Independence Day” war movie, but a movie about communication. It goes so much deeper than simply asking, “Are they here to help or harm us?” In watching everyone’s efforts to communicate and understand each other, you can’t help but feel hopeful that there are people who care enough to find common ground even in the most difficult circumstances.

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