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2,200 words Read time @ 250 words/minute: 9 minutes I wrote this essay because I often wear a rock necklace, and am sometimes asked why I do so. In addition to responding to the general question, the purpose of this essay is to differentiate between blind faith in some mystical “powers” of rocks and crystals, and … Continue reading Why I Sometimes Wear a Rock Necklace
I was fortunate to have grown up on the side of a mountain, and have always loved the sky, no matter whether it brought grey clouds, a bright sunset, or lightning followed by starlight. While at the University of Hawaii I took an introductory astronomy class, and I began to note the night sky even … Continue reading What the Solstices Mean to Me
Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover (amazon.com link) I believe finally, that education must be conceived as a continuing reconstruction of experience; that the process and the goal of education are one and the same thing. —JOHN DEWEY . . . As I walked home carrying the heavy manuscript, I remembered attending one of Dr. Kerry’s … Continue reading Educated: A Memoir (2018)
Speak: A Simple Guide to Public Speaking Steve Alexander Jr. (amazon.com link) Notes: SPEAK: Structure, Presence, Engage, Articulate, Knowledge Structure Outline your speech keeping AIDA in mind Attention – story, quote, your own qualifications, statistics, strong emotions (why you care yourself) Interest – keep them interested, review what you’ll cover Desire – connect … Continue reading Speak: A Simple Guide to Public Speaking