Showing posts from May, 2019

Aunt Mabel's Bermuda Cruise, May 26 - June 5, 2019

The second youngest member of my Father's siblings, the last one remaining, died at 97 years of age in Wainwright Alberta. Mabel Smith  and her husband Jim owned and operated a successful shoe store for most of their adult lives. They never had children, I met them one time when they visited Dad and their other siblings living in the Toronto area. That was 70 years ago. Well Aunt Mabel left some money to her brothers' and sister's children and some of us are taking this cruise with a portion of the Legacy. [This is the first time this has ever happened.] [Off subject on May 16, 2019 Conrad Black received a Presidential pardon from Donald Trump. It was in all the papers and media.] The preparation for our cruise is complete: we'll fly to Newark New Jersey on May 25 and check into the Country Inn and Suites for the night and then taxi to Cape Liberty by noon on May 26 and board the Celebrity Summit for the 11 day cruise to Bermuda and back. Marilyn, Buster, Joan a

A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley Ph.D. published in 2014

'Thiss sentence contains threee errors.' (An unusual opening sentence one might say.) Clearly, two errors are spelling. Do you see the other error? Yes? Great, it's paradoxical or a contradictory sentence indeed. This book begins with problems that one can solve using focus mode brain attributes; if that fails the author suggests using a diffused mode; that's simply turning off and tuning out of the problem entirely. One way to make the switch is to take a twenty minute nap. Salvatori Dali and Thomas Edison did it by holding a ball bearing in one's hand. When the hand and mind fall asleep, so does the ball fall to the floor with the resulting clang waking the genius with a fresh new look at the problem that vexed them in the first place. A Diffused Mode. All we need is a ball bearing and a metal floor. When we read a book do we learn from it, do we remember what we read, do we recreate the knowledge or principals in our mind to be referenced later, do we remember