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Contributors and Their Contributions

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on Sunday, 17 February 2013
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Hey!  Did you ever wonder where you can find out about the many contributions that have been made which make  our lives easier and more enjoyable?  I'll give you three guesses! OK,  I'll give you a hint.  They are in the newspapers that we read. Give up?  They're in the Obituaries.  The names are often unknown, but the people leave behind their contributions for our benefit.  Here are some examples.  How many of these do you know?  Ruth Carter Stevenson;  Paul Fussell; Larry Stevenson; Susan Jeffers; William Rathje; Lawrence Anthony; Lebbeus Woods; David Rakoff; Elwood V. Jensen, Cardiss Collins, Stuart Freeborn, John G. Kerr, and John E. Carlin, Lady Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton, and Chalotte Smallwood-Cook.  There are many more.

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On Eating a Hot Dog

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on Sunday, 20 January 2013
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I am standing in front of a food stand deciding to buy a hotdog, when I hear these two guys, owners of the stand, talking about chess.  My ears perk up.  This is not the usual topic I would expect to hear.  Asking the nature of the conversation I learn that in Midieval times when Kings didn't have enough money for a standing army, they would wage war by having a chess player play against their enemy. Each group would put up their best chess player.   Whoever won the game would win for the country, and the loser would be conquered.  

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It's About Time

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on Tuesday, 01 January 2013
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How many of you have ever heard this said?  'It's about time!'  It might have been when you were young and your mother or father was tired of waiting for you to do something and you finally did what you were asked; and their tone implied it had taken you too long to complete the task.  It's as if they were standing in front of you with a stop watch watching the minutes ticking by.  Perhaps this comment if heard in various forms often enough became internalized and you might even as an adult act these words out in your inner dialogue; as if your parent were standing in front of you and criticizing you.  In which case maybe you would often feel under pressure to get things done quickly enough.  and be critical of yourself when that didn't occur.   And yet...

 

 

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Dreams

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on Sunday, 30 December 2012
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I bet you've wondered about a dream.  What could it mean?  I have been asked about dreams a lot.  But from an Adlerian point of view the only way to explain a dream is to understand the thoughts and ideas of the dreamer.  Yes, I know there are many books on dreams and they even explain the symbols and what they might mean.  However, for all the possible explanations there are many that are not given.  Any idea why? Right. It's because each of us is different and our dreams are what Alfred Adler called the 'night laborabory' of our daytime thoughts.  It's in our dreams that we try out new solutions to present concerns or outcomes that would create a sense of well being, or so many other goals.  How can a book on dreams know our unique thoughts?  If you said, it can't.  You're rght.  From an Adlerian point of view, since each of us is unique,our ideas are unique as well.  Our ideas during the day as well as our ideas during the night are based on our own perceptions and, in terms of dreams,. our symbolism.   While any number of people might use the same symbolism it would, therefore, have a different meaning within each person's dream; and in order to be understood would have to be understood in terms of the individual 's perceptions and experiences.  No book is that perspicatious.  

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Private Logic vs. Common Sense

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on Sunday, 30 December 2012
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Have you ever noticed that an idea you had, didn't make sense? That's silly you might even tell yourself.  But nonetheless you continue to hold on to it.  Have you ever wondered why?  Probably not, since most of us don't generally question our beliefs.  You might even say out loud or to yourself,  'That's who I am.'  But it isn't.  It's what you believe.


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