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18 May Optics

Elections are about votes but they are also very much about optics because it’s the optics that lead to votes. Optics are the reason that Hilary Clinton declared victory in Kentucky despite the fact that news organizations declared it too close to call. Sanders has a great deal of momentum and if he were to win all of...

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03 May Word of Mouth

Trailer, WHO TOOK JOHNNY There are basically three ways for a film to reach an audience. In the first scenario, a well-financed production/distribution company pours its resources into making the a film and then handling publicity, marketing, and advertising. People then hear about the film from a variety of media sources and seek it out in theaters, on TV,...

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07 Apr Migrained

[caption id="attachment_19673" align="aligncenter" width="1632"] self-portrait from a book made in Lorie Novak's NYU photo class[/caption] I was inspired to write this post because one of my photography teachers in college, Lorie Novak, posted an article from the NY Times about migraines that featured a stunning image of hers - taken as part of a series of self portraits she made while...

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05 Apr The Morality of Sport

[caption id="attachment_19654" align="aligncenter" width="1280"] John Kuester, the UNC point guard poses with the author during Carolina Basketball Camp[/caption] As a kid growing up in Chapel Hill, NC during the '70s and '80s, I was a Carolina basketball fan just like everyone else in town. My parents were professors who had season tickets to the games, and often they would be...

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25 Mar The Story Behind The Story

On Tuesday I got a steady stream of emails about a new study that found that mindfulness meditation is a more effective treatment for back pain than either cognitive behavioral therapy or standard care (physical therapy, pain medication, etc). The people writing to me were all aware of the film about Dr. John Sarno that we have been working...

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22 Mar Spring Light Meditation

Yesterday I wrote about spring and "The Presence Process". Today I once again walked in the meadow and took pictures. It was cold this morning and there was a hard frost on the ground. As the sun rose it burned off the frost in moments. When I saw this I knew I had a short window of...

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