Medieval Music…Long Form Writing


In the summer of 1991, I went to Cambridge, England for a UCLA Summer Program.  We lived for three weeks in Trinity Hall College (founded in the 14th Century to train canon lawyers),

Trinity Hall, Cambridge Trinity Hall, Cambridge

and were able to take one of four different courses, taught by dons of the various colleges.  I took a course entitled “Medieval English Society”, taught by Dr. Mark Bailey, of Gonville & Caius College.  Before we arrived, we were given a reading list of various works about medieval society in general, and English society in particular.  We were also given the opportunity to write a paper on one of a number of topics relating to the subject at hand (the instructor included some suggestions).  Those of us who were taking the course for college credit were required to write a paper, and the rest of did not have to, but I decided to…

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12 Brilliant Things You Can Learn In 12 Minutes


Learn from Limitless!

CBS’ new drama Limitless follows Brian Finch, a typical guy who feels as though his life has stalled while everyone around him is moving forward. But with the help of a little-known drug called NZT, Finch is able to harness all of the knowledge in his brain for 12 hours at a time.

Click here to learn 12 life-changing hacks that take less than one minute!

Watch Limitless on CBS.

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Water found on Mars – NASA

It’s a balancing act

The Suitcase Kid

We’ve all been there…up at the break of dawn to get ready for work, racing out the door with our breakfast in hand, sipping umpteen cups of coffee to try and get started, spending all day racing around working super hard, coming home, walking the dog (insert looking after children if applicable), making dinner, eating dinner, making lunch for the next day, cleaning, having a shower and getting in bed. Sleep, and repeat.

It can all too often feel like we’re racing around at 100mph, only stopping to sleep and eat, and getting nothing out of our lives except just earning enough money to pay the bills for a house we are rarely in. And at the centre of this mad lifestyle? Worry. (Check out my recent post – Why it is so important to worry less for more on this)

I once went to a counsellor, one who really…

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The Art of Photographing Strangers

Planet Bell

Delhi mother and baby Dehli, India

Street photography is difficult, maybe the most challenging and intimidating genre of photography.

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Monstrously Disruptive Technology: Don’t Turn Your Back on the Toaster


“The ancients, no doubt, were as wicked as we are, but they knew it.  And so they were wise enough to put up protective railings” – Jacques Bergier

Well, that's the last time we invite humans. Well, that’s the last time we invite humans.

I’ve quietly slipped into the status of an old curmudgeon.  I thought there would at least be cake, but it turns out that the only thing that marked the transition was that whenever I hear the phrase “disruptive technology”, I want to reach for a gun.  For a few years now, the go-to adjective to describe the latest technological or scientific innovation has been “disruptive”, lauded by management wonks and big-brained technologists as an ideal to strive for, neglecting the fact that the man who coined the term, Clayton M. Christensen, was quick to point out that technologies themselves are not disruptive, rather that particular business models enabled a disruptive impact and quickly stopped…

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An Open Letter to Joy Behar

According to Kateri

As many of you have seen, Miss Coloradodelivered a beautifully spoken monologue about nursing during last week’s Miss America pageant. Recently, on The View as the pageant was discussed, Miss Colorado’s scrubs were referred to as a costume, and Joy posedthe question of why she was wearing a “doctor’s stethoscope.” Below is my now calmed down reply to all of it. Additionally, Iwould like to personally andpublicly congratulate Kelley Johnson RN on her chosen talent, it is one that will reward you forever.

Dear Joy Behar,

A beautiful woman in a beauty pageant put on baggy clothes and humbly walked across the stage to talk proudly about her career, and her passion for caring for other human beings, and the only thing you and your co hosts could muster in response were insults grounded in ignorance.

Rather than being offended or getting angry, I will instead, take a moment to…

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