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That’s Using Your Brain!

My younger daughter is very interested in both medicine and robotics.  So she and I were both very interested in a segment on the PBS NewsHour a few weeks ago about advances being made at Johns Hopkins University in developing a new generation in prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by the user’s mind.

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What Goes Around

When my daughters were four and two years old, I started reading The Hobbit with them each night.  At first, I would read them just a paragraph each evening before they went to bed.  Later, their attention spans (and appetites for the story) grew and I’d read a chapter or more.  By the time we reached the end of the book, my older daughter and I were trading reading each page and the younger daughter was taking turns reading bits, too.  I treasured those nights then, and I treasure the memory now.

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Where the Smart Girls Are

I am the father of two girls.  I am also the graduate of a college that only educated men when I attended it.  Having seen first-hand the issues associated with a campus on which high levels of testosterone were missing the moderating influence of women, I was not especially in favor of the idea when each of my daughters announced that she wanted to attend a single-sex school for middle and high schools.

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New Month, New Beginnings

Welcome to October – a new month.  I love the fact that we get a “fresh start” twelve times each year.  Today is a day of beginnings.  The biggest one for me is that today I am starting the year after my year with cancer.  It was early in October 2013 that I got my initial diagnosis, so early October marks the end of that year and beginning of a new, different one.

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Technology – The Great Social Equalizer

This week, my wife and I took a quick trip up to Seattle to visit family.  While we were there, I got a call from my Mom needing some help on how to set up her email on her new iPhone.  It was a fun conversation, and any excuse for talking with my Mom is a good excuse.

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Holes in History

History has always had a strong place in my life.  My father was a professor of American History as I was growing up, so family trips usually included stops at many roadside historical markers – where we kids received an impromptu lesson on whatever happened at that location.  But beyond that tutoring as a child, I’ve maintained a great interest in US history – especially the colonial era through the War Between the States (nothing “civil” about that war) and from WWI through the depression, WWII and up to the present.

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A New Freshman

We are back from our trip across the country to drop off the older daughter at college.  In the departure lounge at the airport, waiting for the flight home, I wrote this to my new freshman.

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