Almost anybody can learn to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. Why? Because whenever you think or you believe or you know, you’re a lot of other people: but the moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself.

— E.E. Cummings

  • The Compelling, Irresistible Need to Learn

    Sometimes the inspiration to revisit past studies, to open new doors to expanded investigation, and to once again feel that compelling, irresistible need to learn not just new stuff, but to push and shove the structural framework of one’s own built-up knowledge base around a bit just to be sure the cobwebs don’t take over, comes unpredictably from unlikely and unsought and mostly serendipitous situations. To these places I say welcome, and thank you.

  • The Mystery of Student Success (Not)

    It is clear that, in any discussion of student success and retention in higher education, the conversation must necessarily emphasize academic quality and the overall student perception of their experience, which must be understood both with sound quantitative analysis and reasoned intuition.

  • Annie’s Keep Me Learning GoFundMe Campaign

    Just kicked off our GoFundMe campaign to help our granddaughter Annie get professional private tutors and learning resources & support while she goes through chemo and bone marrow transplants to treat Stage 4 Lymphoma.

  • If the world were merely seductive

    If the world were merely seductive … a quote by E.B. White

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water circa 2010

    “Bridge over Troubled Water” is a song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel. Produced by the duo and Roy Halee, the song was released as the follow-up single to “The Boxer” in January 1970. The song is featured on their fifth studio album, Bridge over Troubled Water (1970). Composed by singer-songwriter Paul Simon, the song is performed on piano and carries the influence of gospel music.

  • A New Year (Oprah Winfrey)

    Another chance to get it right.

  • Triumph of Reason

    “All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.”

  • Observe, question & analyze

    “…after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” ~ Buddha

  • A New Command

    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

  • Extreme Weather Events & Climate Change

    The report focuses on 26 peer-reviewed research papers from 116 scientists in 18 counties that highlight extreme weather events across five continents and two oceans from 2015. Using combinations of historical data, trend analysis, and models, this collection of papers seek to determine how each event was influenced by human-induced climate change.

  • The Little and the Least

    His brothers and sisters aren’t the religious leaders, the power brokers, the wealth and the mighty (though they are welcome). It is the little and the least, the worriers and the weary, the tax collectors and sinners, you and me.

  • Total, Harmonious & Beautiful

    The artist, the musical composer, the architect, the scientist all feel a fundamental need to discover and create something new that is whole and total, harmonious and beautiful.

  • Reading List (so far) Winter 2016

    The remarkable thing about today’s digitally connected world, and the Internet of Things, is just how accessible books on a magnificent diversity of topics are.