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Procrastination and lost money

Procrastination and lost money.   Piers Steel is a Canadian professor of human resources at the  University of Calgary and the author of “The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting … Read Full Article...



Fidgety kids–The “real” reason.

The “real” reason for fidgetation (!) FIDGETY KIDS (PART THREE) I’ve published two posts on fidgety kids recently. (You can find links to them below.) Here’s another opinion by pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom writing in The Huffington Post.   She (or her editor) charcterized this–lack of movement in everday life–as the ‘real” reason kids […]

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Fidgety boys and how they learn. Letters and comments

Fidgety boys: how they learn. Here are some examples of Letters to the Editor of the NYTimes on David Leonhardt’s piece,  A Link between fidgety boys and a sputtering economy First, Mr Leonhardt’s piece:  “A Link Between Fidgety Boys and a Sputtering Economy,” by David Leonhardt (The Upshot, April 29): Then some commentary– The Different […]


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Student suicide. Is one related to you?

STUDENT SUICIDE Students are suffering from anxiety, depression, loneliness, and peer, parental and societal pressure.  They suffer from suicidal thoughts and feelings. They are “handling it”  by inflicting self-harm. Too many are killing themselves. Is everything OK?  Definitely not.   I’ve been warning of this for years and some help is available but not much –certainly not enough  Here’s the latest (and fairly comprehensive) article on […]


20 ways parents can identify “at-risk” students and children

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING SELF-HARM Not all at-risk students are at-risk of self-harm or suicide but there are connections and similarities. And one in five students DO harm themselves. This is especially true with regard to depression and anxiety. If you or a child of yours is depressed or  anxious, be vigilant. If you need  fast […]


Going to bed angry? Is it hurting your relationship?

There’s an old saying: Never go to bed angry.” A coda was “Because other person could die in the night.” Chances are slim, but they occur. Well that happened to Hanna Engle’s sister and she and Jake Engle write about it on Psych Central. She talks about “reology”or the art of the Re-Do (or apology). […]

Love Yourself First Or You Can’t Love Anyone Else

You can’t love anybody else unless you love yourself first. Love is a complicated subject and most people get it wrong at first–some never get it right. We get love confused with its imposters lust, infatuation, etc (a subject for another day) but the key to understanding love is to know what you will read […]

What’s the difference between complete and finished?

A vocabulary lesson: The Difference between “complete” and “finished” No dictionary has ever been able to satisfactorily define the difference between “complete” and “finished.” However, during a recent linguistic conference, held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world, Samsundar Balgobin, a Guyanese linguist, was the presenter when he […]