On Grief and Glory

“I’m really good at compartmentalizing”. That was my response to a friend who recently brought me some bad news. I had been expecting this particular piece of bad news for a few weeks at this point, but the shock of actually hearing that my fears had entered reality...

Think Again

Imagine that you are stuck in traffic on Route 66 on your way home from work. You’re in one of the two middle lanes that is crawling along, when suddenly you notice the right lane is moving. Your instincts tell you to wait; surely this lane will eventually start...

The Power in Persistence

Like many of us, I like to use the dawn of a New Year as an opportunity for some self-reflection and goal setting. Some of us do New Year Resolutions, some prefer setting goals for the year, some of us just know of a couple of areas that we’d like to see get better in...

Unintended Consequences

In the 19th century, the British government ruling Colonial India had a problem. A public health crisis had emerged in the capitol city, Delhi; an infestation of cobras. The venomous snakes were so numerous and ordinary Indian citizens were having such regular...

Drop An Anchor

   “Is the height of the tallest redwood more or less than 1,200 feet?” This is the first of two questions that was asked to a group of research participants visiting the San Francisco Exploratorium asked about Redwoods, which are known as the largest trees on planet...