Monthly Archives: May 2011

Street Smarts

Yesterday I was walking down I Street in Washington, D.C. trying to find my way back to the Metro station. Being new to this town, and lacking street smarts in a literal fashion, I was studying my small google maps … Continue reading

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Socially Unadventurous

DW TV (Deutsche Welle – German international news source – which, BTW, is very refreshing – you get a varied picture of what’s going on in the world as opposed to American news sources which focus on a limited number … Continue reading

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Build-A-Brain

Studies have shown that taller people are generally more successful in life, e.g., higher income, status, etc. Scandinavians have surpassed Americans as the tallest with an average height of 5’10”. In yet another area, America is falling behind. Our average … Continue reading

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Expected to Fight

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, led a panel discussion on the state of public education in America during a lunch session at the Council on Foundations’ conference I attended in Charlotte last year. He cleared up a few matters of … Continue reading

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More is better

How much diversity do we need? Take animals for example. I watched a show on the BBC a while ago about the science of growing animals from their genetic code. Not only could this help endangered species, but it could … Continue reading

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An Elephant on Hold

When an elephant is sick, two others will stand, one on each side, and hold the sick one up until that elephant is well.¬†Elephants have a transcendent sense of community. A few years ago, civil order among herds in Africa … Continue reading

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What Do We Owe?

I listened to a talk by Aaron Huey on T.E.D. the other day. He spoke on “America’s Native Prisoners of War.” Huey is a photographer and storyteller. His award-winning work has been published in the National Geographic, the New Yorker, … Continue reading

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