Category Archives: Youth

Dull

The word, dull is an example of onomatopoeia–it sounds like what it is. Dull is blunt not sharp. A knife that needs sharpening is unsuitable for slicing soft cheese. There’s also emotional dullness. If you spent July and August as … Continue reading

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Discovery

The major obstacle to discovery is neither stupidity nor ignorance; it is the belief that we have the best knowledge. My friend Arnie, a retired high school art teacher, said something to that effect. Indeed, know-it-alls have a certain mindset … Continue reading

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Gratitude

One of the science teachers at Irving Junior High in Lincoln, Nebraska liked to remind us seventh graders at the time, to never stop learning and to live one’s life with intellectual curiosity, humility, and gratitude. His “hypothesis of happiness” … Continue reading

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Thoughts About Talent

My late brother Mark once remarked that the two of us were failed artists. We both had a good laugh because it was largely true. Our sketches and doodlings were uninteresting to others outside of the family. Even our father … Continue reading

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The Blame Game

Many years ago, my college psychology professor suggested that we should accept the weaknesses and failings of others. There are people who are more like us than we like to admit. There are also wretched people who populate society, some … Continue reading

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Deutsche Kommunikation

A mental switch clicked on the moment I realized I was thinking in German. It happened after I had completed studying for a quiz for the high school German language class. It was a sophomore level elective course that I … Continue reading

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In Disguise

More than a few people have remarked that the masquerade costumes people choose to wear on Halloween reveal a person’s deeply hidden secret nature. This hypothesis is less true for children because they rarely have such secrets. Young girls like … Continue reading

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