Recently, I had the choice of flying from Chicago to a conference in Minneapolis or driving with a group of cohorts for the 6-hour trip. In the end, I decided in favor of banter and bonding. My husband was baffled, but it sounded like fun to me as it would give my colleagues and me the opportunity to talk, not talk and just be together driving thru the country.Read More
This is, of course, our newest brain training device called the Interactive Metronome (IM). I told you about my training experience. We invite you now to take a minute and see what everyone is talking about by watching Sally. She's an official graduate of level 1!
Every year we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Albert Einstein on March 14.
Einstein has been a hero of mine since I was a kid. The reasons for that have changed over time. Early on, I just loved his unruly hair, how both rebellious and distinguished he looked at the same time. Also, he was considered a true genius for his scientific discoveries, like E= MC squared — whatever that meant.
This article will help you celebrate Einstein's genius and cultivate your own.Read More
I was planning an event with a friend, and he said: “Well, as you know, my brain works much faster than yours…” That was like a red flag being waved in front of me.
Internal scream: “WHAT?!”
In life, you pride yourself on few things and for me, one is that my brain works pretty well. That matters. I worked hard in my recovery from having a brain injury. I was very lucky but also had countless sessions of neurofeedback, did meditation, carefully monitored my diet and more. And growing up, believing I was smart was one of the few positive things I knew about myself. I hung onto it.
“Also, my memory is much better,” the friend said.
That was the last straw.Read More
Holidays come with high expectations for ourselves and others. Good stress. Bad stress. No matter what the brain may say, the heart longs for happily sitting around a large table with lots of food, family, and friends this time of the year. If this is your life today on Thanksgiving, enjoy it.Read More
For many years, I wanted to be a member at Art Institute of Chicago. I thought about it each time I received one of their tasteful email invitations. I imagined if I were a member, I would just go there, with no excuse not to, and it would be a wonderful part of my life. Membership was one of those things that sounded good, but I never did it.
This past spring, in an effort to entice family members from other cities to visit Chicago and to embrace the spirit of author Shonda Rhimes, in her book “The Year of Saying Yes,” I bought an AIC membership – a premium one. I can go now, as often as I’d like, and bring guests. I'll be sharing insights about this with you over a couple entries here. Some of this may surprise you.Read More
When you think of Ernest Hemingway you may visualize the iconic photo of the man in the turtleneck captured by photographer Yousuf Karsh in 1957. Karsh described Hemingway as "the shyest person I ever photographed."
What happened to transform a brash, fearless world traveler and adventurer into a shy and paranoid man as he approached 60 and died at 61? After 17 years of meticulous research, forensic psychiatrist Andrew Farah addresses this question in his recent book, Hemingway's Brain.Read More
There is a link between low levels of melatonin and cancer, specifically breast, ovarian, and prostate. Recent studies show that exposure to light at night can actually increase tumor growth. Melatonin production is suppressed and normal circadian rhythms are interrupted. Learn more about what you can do.Read More
Last week I felt like I hadn't had enough vacation time even though I was just returning from the long holiday break. The fact that it was consistently less than 10 degrees outside certainly was a factor but another was my deep sense of fatigue. My spirits picked up some once in the office. Lots of self-care over time helped too – yoga, Zumba and sleep -- but I still felt tired.
Then yesterday, on my Facebook page, one of those often annoying memory pop-ups appeared. My heart recognized the picture before my head.