At 94 years old, John Goodenough is at the age where many of his peers would either be pushing up daisies or sitting at home or an assisted living facility, doing their best to hold onto their lives.
But not John Goodenough. He's never taken no for an answer, never settled for the status quo. When he was 23, he was an Army veteran who, with the help of the G.I. bill, enrolled at the University of Chicago with the dream of studying … [Read more...]
Pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, is one of those things in life, if you take the time to ponder it, that can leave you awestruck - even if you're not a geek (which I profess to be). Pi has taken its place in the pantheon to such a degree that in 2009 the U.S. House of Representatives officially recognized March 14, 2009 as the first official National Pi Day, with every subsequent March 14 continuing in the same way. … [Read more...]
"A house divided against itself cannot stand."
So said Abraham Lincoln in an address he gave on June 16, 1858. Within a couple of years after he spoke those words, the American civil war began, creating a house divided that certainly did not stand.
In this day and age, 158 years after Lincoln's remarks, we again find ourselves a house divided. The level of partisan rancor is toxic, with citizens pitted against one … [Read more...]
I sat down not too long ago with Mark Nepo, the author of the NY Times bestseller, “The Book of Awakening," and 17 other books, including his most recent book, "The One Life We're Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart," for my Interviews with the Leading Edge video interview series.
Mark is a writer, poet, and sage, and speaks from the heart. … [Read more...]
Prologue: This post is not meant to be a purely political one, although I will be mentioning the political landscape and Donald Trump.
Instead, this post is meant to take the long view and look at the big picture. It is meant to map out what exactly is going on here, as to many people it feels unsettling and like pure chaos.
Furthermore, I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, but my intention in writing this post is not meant to … [Read more...]
With all the tumult going on in the U.S. and world right now, what we we can't lose sight of is the reality that what we all want, what truly unites us, is a world in which we all can thrive.
This is a world in which we can respect our differences and understand our common bonds. This is also a world in which we all work together, to help everyone do well.
In that regard, I will be going to the [Read more...]