Archive | February, 2016


28 Feb

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends at least 7 hours a night of sleep per night for adults to avoid the health risks associated with chronic sleep deprivation. ( Upfront. Monitor on Psychology. 2016, 47(3), p. 11)


21 Feb

In later life, people generally become happier. (Headlines. Scientific American Mind, 2015, 26(4), p. 8)


17 Feb

Sandra Day O’Connor: I don’t know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.


15 Feb

Mayo clinic researchers found that middle-aged peoples and elders who took part in artistic work were 73% less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, that those who took part in crafts were 45% less likely, and that those who were social were 55% less likely. (In brief, Monitor on Psychology, 2015, 46(6), p. 20)


12 Feb

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

Novel Comments

5 Feb

The novel to be commented upon is Irene Nemirovsky’s “Suite Francaise.” Many years after her Mother’s death, Irene’s daughter, Denise, began to copy the notes she had thought were just notes or perhaps a diary, but Denise had discovered, according to the preface writer, “a violent masterpiece ” depicting Germany’s occupation of France and the reactions of the French people. Irene Nemirovsky had intended the book to be composed of five parts, like the musical movements of a symphony. She finished two before her death in Auschwitz. She and her husband had been born to Russian Jews but they were converted Catholics.

One is left with the amazement at her artistic talent and sorrow that the work is incomplete. Also included were the letters of appeal,written mostly by her husband, attempting to free her. The letters did not bring her home, and her husband was soon sent to the gas chambers in the same death camp. His letters on her behalf may have brought him to the attention of the Germans.