No guts, no glory.
Each of us has an internal community of bacteria located within us that we call the microbiome.
If the bacteria were simply swimming around digesting lettuce, this would be small beans. But they’re doing much more than that. Continue reading No guts, no glory.
Fine feathered friends.
At one time Europeans thought that all swans were white. The phrase “black swan” derives from a common 16th century English expression as a statement of impossibility.
Then in 1697, Dutch explorers discovered large numbers of black swans in Western Australia. Continue reading Fine feathered friends.
The doctor will see you now.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top two causes of death are heart disease & cancer (in 2013, 611,000 and 585,000 deaths respectively).
What’s the #3 killer today? The answer may surprise you… Continue reading The doctor will see you now.
Lessons for a life well-lived.
Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and good life-choices. Wise persons anticipate the consequences of decisions.
Like speech, wisdom is an accumulated skill. It is acquired slowly through personal experience and by learning from the mistakes of others. Continue reading Lessons for a life well-lived.
Is geography my health destiny?
When you were young, you lived wherever your parents chose to live. You didn’t give any thought to whether they had chosen a place that was conducive to your overall wellness.
Chances are your parents didn’t give it much thought either. Continue reading Is geography my health destiny?
Every pizza is a personal pizza.
Pizzas are never cut perfectly. And, quite naturally, most of us want to scam the largest slice for ourselves.
We seek to maximize the gain (most cheese and pepperoni) and minimize surprises (who ordered the anchovies?). Continue reading Every pizza is a personal pizza.
Many of us make plans we end up not carrying out. So, Sherlock, why do we fail to follow through on our intentions?
It turns out that thinking excessively about our present circumstances and preferences disproportionately influences our decisions. Continue reading Round tuit
The silver tsunami.
Seen those swanky infomercials on late night TV featuring botoxed movie stars, washed up politicos, and flabby sports figures?
They are pitching to the “Boomer blip.” For the next 20 years, Baby Boomers will swell the ranks of pensioners like water in a sponge. Continue reading The silver tsunami.
The end of old.
The dramatic increase in average life expectancy during the 20th century ranks as one of society’s greatest achievements.
The possibility that extraordinary life spans could become ordinary life spans no longer seems far-fetched. And that’s good news for Generation NeXt.
Continue reading The end of old.
Now I lay me down to sleep.
For many young persons, the slightest hint that something interesting might be going on in their social media sphere is irresistibly alluring.
To avoid missing anything, millions of them bring their phones, tablets, e-readers, and laptops to bed each night. Continue reading Now I lay me down to sleep.
The generational divide.
The basic characteristics of Generation NeXt—motivated by a search for new experiences and treated with suspicion by its elders—are not new.
Just about every generation has been described in exactly the same way, and differing points of view often create friction. Continue reading The generational divide.
30 dedicated years …
and a great pension! After a career in public service, they’ve earned the right to the “good life.” But, who’s gonna pay for it?
Unless drastic changes are made, future taxpayers from Hartford to Honolulu will be hopelessly in hock to police, firefighters, city managers, and teachers of the past. Continue reading 30 dedicated years …