Our 12 Senses

By Celia Coates This is a small post about a huge subject – our senses. We’ve been taught (in the West) that there are five senses, five ways in which humans can perceive our surroundings: Seeing Hearing Touching Tasting Smelling. We take in information through neurological systems connected to specific parts of the body: eyes,…

More Than Rest and Recreation

By Celia Coates With extra time to spend before boarding a flight, I was turning the display rack of books meant for business travellers. Not my usual reading material. But I was glad  I’d looked through one of them – ON MENTAL TOUGHNESS – that contained a selection of articles from the Harvard Business Review. Its…

Fourth Grade Hero

By Richard Howland When Mrs. Parmelee sat up there behind that gigantic desk, tapping the point of her red pencil and looking out over the tops of those gold-rimmed glasses like that, we knew somebody was going to die. And the way Bobby Livingstone was staring down at his hands, lying there on top of…

Two Questions…

By Celia Coates This week’s post is both very short and unending. It’s about only two questions: “What do you know?’ and, “How do you know it?” These are two very old questions for humans that give rise to more and more questions. Most of us have opinions about what knowing is. I found some…

Elmer Green and Al Sharpton

By Celia Coates Both Elmer Green, a pioneer in clinical biofeedback, and Al Sharpton, “The Rev,” have given the same wonderful advice: “Just keep going.” Elmer gave me that advice years ago when I was puzzled about where I was going with studying subtle energies. He was helpful to many, many people – at first…

Back To High School

By Celia Coates In 1990, the National Women’s Health Network published an editorial by Bev Baker about issues that might affect the health of teen girls. “Back” in this title refers both to an earlier post about high school and to this one that’s a look far back at discipline problems in schools. * Bev…

Making the Invisible Visible

By Brenda Molloy The image that leads this post, “Waves of Energy,” is from my new series, SOURCED FROM THE INFINITE. It is accompanied by a quote from Richard Thieme: “Once we break through fear, there is nothing but space, sheer possibility. Then we can fly.”  In making fractal art I work with formulas and…

Screen Addiction and the Human Spirit

By Brian Luke Seaward, Ph.D. In a clever update of the renowned painting of Narcissus by John William Waterhouse, the ego-driven youth is shown lying on the riverbank obsessed with his own image on a smartphone. Technology evolves but human behavior is slow to change! Today it is very easy to become completely absorbed in…

Holding Questions

By Trudy Summers and Paul Jackson From Trudy: One year ago my nephew, Paul Jackson, invited a group of people to participate in a collaborative writing project called “What have you learned so far?”  I joined in happily. We did not know each other‘s names and now, months later, we remain anonymous. We did know…

High School Is Rough All Over

By Neil Krasnoff As a science teacher and librarian in several different public schools, I’ve seen a real contrast between students who come from wealthy communities and those from working class ones: socioeconomic circumstances have an overwhelming influence on academic outcomes. What’s assumed to be privilege can create strong stresses that make kids anxious and…

Two Stories About Ants

By Celia Coates This has been an up then down week in America filled first with highs – love, honor, and gratitude in the farewells to Aretha Franklin and John McCain – followed by a return to the on-going lows of chaos and selfishness.  I had to step aside from the dark torrent of breaking…