Thursday – A Little Personal – Housebound

John W. Howell gifts us with another delightful episode with his furry kids, Lucy and Bailey. Please share…

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“Hey, Lucy. Do you want to come up here on the couch you look a little down.”

“To tell you the truth, I wish there was something to play with.”

“I know it is boring when you can’t go outside.”

“Yeah, why can’t we go out?

“For heaven’s sake, Lucy. Can you take a look at the thermometer? It is 30 degrees F out there.”

“Whats that in centigrade?

“You tire me out, Lucy. You really do. We can’t go out there even in our blankets.”

“Why’s that?”

“Pops says the wind chill is too much for his old bones. Look at him. He looks zonked.”

“I heard that. I’m not zonked. Just resting my eyes. Mom is going to take care of you two.”

“What is that, Mom? Looks like a hedgehog.”

“These are pigs you two. Now go and have fun.”

“Hold on Mom. Not sure about this.”

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The Cognitive Revolution.

Opher Goodwin presents a fascinating explanation of the ‘Cognitive Revolution’ which made Homo Sapiens the ruler of planet Earth. Please share…

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The Cognitive Revolution.

70,000 years ago something happened that changed the world – humans underwent a cognitive revolution.
It was a change that led directly to the huge success of Homo sapiens, its dramatic increase in numbers, the extinction of all the world’s megafauna and the extinction of all other species of Homo.
At one time, during the early part of our mere 200,000 year history, we shared the planet with at least three other species of humans. The likelihood is that we wiped them out.
So how is this great success possible? What separated us from both our tool-making, fire-using, intelligent and linguistically dextrous fellow species of humans as well as our direct ancestors?
The answer is the development of cognitive ability – the ability to invent and believe in things that do not exist.
That is our forte.
Whereas Neanderthals, who had bigger brains than us, probably talked…

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Thinking on the Margin

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie shares some interesting and helpful ideas around decision-making and discusses the tactic of ‘thinking on the margin’. Please share…

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Decision tactics
to Beat Back Black and White Thinking and decision anxiety
so you can move forward

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Another of The Black & White topic articles
from the Challenges Inventory™ Series

Balancing our Books by Thinking on the Margin

Found HERE

Most frequently associated with economic theory, “thinking on the margin” is also a handy concept that can help break the back of black and white thinking for those of us with Executive Functioning Disorders.

It’s an interesting theory of how we make decisions that relates to increasing personal productivity, avoiding an increase of the time we spend on task. It is worth taking the time to understand.

So let’s check it out!

Costs and benefits

Most of us have probably been exposed to the concept of performing a cost/benefit analyses to help us determine whether something is worth doing.

That technique can…

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President Is Basing Immigration Policy Decisions On His Racist Bias And Incorrect “Fake News” Data

Gronda Morin presents some facts about recent immigrants in the United States which refute statements and policies of Donald Trump and his supporters. Please share!

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The republican President Donald Trump has a habit of developing policies that at are based on his preconceived notions, which are not based on facts and reality but rather on “fake news,” with an anti-immigration bias championed by his base. At some point facts matter and this is especially true regarding the issue of immigration.

Here is the rest of the story based on facts...

Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time Magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century, in October 2015 was already hearing the republican would be President Donald Trump telling his lies based on “fake news” regarding immigration. He wrote the following warning piece in response.

THE 4 BIG LIES ABOUT IMMIGRANTS – AND THE TRUTH

Donald Trump has opened the floodgates to lies about immigration. Here are the myths, and the facts

MYTH:…

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Darkness Defines the Light – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco…

Tina Frisco is featured as a guest on Chris the Story Reading Ape’s Blog and gifts us with a beautifully written description of the roles of light and darkness in our growth journey. Please share…

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Without darkness, light would have no definition. Without evil, good would never be challenged to expand. Without definition and challenge, there would be no growth. Without growth, our spirits would not evolve.

Many indigenous peoples say the Earth is a schoolhouse and we incarnate here in order to learn. This makes sense only if we view the spirit as separate from the corporeal. If we do, then advancing to higher consciousness and an elevated spiritual plane holds great promise for human transcendence.

The Earth is a bipolar planet. Since all matter converts to energy, we can infer that our lessons will be of a bipolar nature. Darkness and evil are not, in and of themselves, our enemies. When we set up something as the enemy, we constrict and lose all prospect of growth. When we see adversity as our ally, our growth potential expands and accelerates.

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Streets of London

Gallybloggers are delighted to present “Streets of London” – a song written by Ralph McTell. This is an important fundraising event for the Homeless in the UK. Please share.

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Gallybloggers are delighted to present “Streets of London” – a song written by Ralph McTell. It was first recorded for his 1969 album Spiral Staircase but was not released in the United Kingdom as a single until 1974. Streets of London has been re-released on 4th December 2017 featuring Ralph Mctell and Annie Lennox as a Charity single for CRISIS the Homelessness Charity (1)

Available now from iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play for just 99p. If everyone in the UK who are working bought this song it would raise about £5 Million pounds that could be donated to supporting the Homeless. The homeless scarecrows writing for this Blog have bought their copy and even they didn’t miss just £1…the price of a cup of tea.

Whilst Gallybloggers stand firmly behind initiatives such as this excellent campaign, we cannot ignore the fact that Homelessness should not exist at all in the UK in 2017. It has become…

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The Truth About President Trump Versus President Obama

Gronda Morin has presented a comprehensive report that documents the outright lies told by Donald Trump in his first ten months in office. It also compares his lies to Obama’s. This is extremely well done!

Gronda Morin

From New Yorker

We all know that the republican President Donald Trump is truth challenged. His defenders have a reflexive response, the other guy did it too, or in this case, past presidents lied also.

The NY Times set out to compare the number of outright lies between President Trump and the former Democratic President Barack Obama. Here’s the rest of the story…

On December 14, 2017, David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick and Stuart A. Thompson of the New York Times penned this opinion piece, “Trump’s Lies vs. Obama’s”

Excerpts:

“After we published a list of President Trump’s lies this summer, we heard a common response from his supporters. They said, in effect: Yes, but if you made a similar list for previous presidents, it would be just as bad.”

“We’ve set out to make that list. Here, you will find our attempt at a comprehensive catalog of…

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