Archive | December, 2015


27 Dec

Socrates: The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Novel Comments

20 Dec

just finished reading The Lace Reader (2006), a novel by Brunonia Barry. This book is rich in plot threads. The foremost, as the title suggests, is lace reading by focusing on the pattern and spaces in a piece of lace as a vehicle for second sight. These patterns are made by a group of women in contemporary Salem, Massachusetts. Salem itself, with its history of burning witches, is not only a background setting but also a plot element. Real evil takes the form of past and current witch-hunting as well as sexual and physical abuse by the leader of a local religious cult. Familial and romantic love and their complications are additional threads. The heroine’s psychological disturbance, which combines dissociation, psychosis,and ESP, is a central thread in the pattern.

In spite of or perhaps because of the many plot elements that each took the author’s time to develop, I found that the book moved too slowly for my taste. It was only in the last couple of chapters, when the author drew in all the threads together to finish the pattern did it turn into a page turner for me.


17 Dec

Henry Rollins: Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on.


13 Dec

The “tiger mom” method of child rearing includes considerable punishment and criticism. Research suggests parenting that is high in control and low in warmth results in increased electrical brain patterns related to error-related negativity, which is related to increased anxiety. (Peck, Morgan E. Tiger parents rear anxious cubs. Scientific American Mind, 2015, 26(3), 16-17)


9 Dec

Studies show: mindfulness-based psychotherapy reduces tension headaches; cognitive behavioral therapy is effective for fibromyalgia, insomnia, and Irritable bowel disorder. (Pharma Watch, Scientific American Mind, 2015, 26(3), p. 13)


6 Dec

Digital storage can assist human memory. When data is placed in digital storage, it off-loads human memory demands, thereby leaving room for new material. (Headlines. Scientific American Mind, 2015, 26(3), p.8)


3 Dec

Yogi Berra: You can observe a lot by just watching.