Let's go on a thinkers' scavenger hunt! Post each of your finds as a comment on this page, where we can enjoy them together. The Thinkery cultivates three things, and each scavenger hunt item corresponds to at least one of these. THINKER SKILLS & TRAITS Post a photo of something (or describe something) that illustrates … Continue reading Go on a virtual scavenger hunt!
1 Go outside. 2 Connect with a friend by phone or message app. 3 Name three things you're grateful for. 4 Take a virtual hike (such as this one). 5 Do something to help someone else. 6 Laugh at this joke: A grasshopper sits down at a bar. The bartender says, "We have a drink … Continue reading 6 things you can do for cognitive health right now
Due to the current unpleasantness, our local meetup community is not gathering. One of the activities we do is nature therapy. More and more evidence shows that time in nature is healthy for our minds. It can lift our mood, improve our focus, lower stress and anxiety, and promote clearer thinking. As we bask in … Continue reading DIY nature therapy
"Put it on the ground!" The woman ahead of me on the hiking trail mildly admonished her small son, who was lagging behind her. I thought the child must have picked up a worm, or doggie doo, or a bad habit. As I got closer, though, I saw that the boy was holding a huge … Continue reading “Drop the leaf, Louie”
I live at the edge of the woods. The head of my bed is up against a window that looks out on towering evergreens. When I wake in the morning, my head lies on my pillow, and my eyes gaze upward — not at the ceiling, but at those gorgeous trees. It's almost as though I'm … Continue reading Sleeping under the trees
Final round of the U. S. Open. Tommy Fleetwood wrapped up his round before the other leaders. In one second, he went from intense effort to zero effort. The tournament isn't over yet, but he is done. He still could win or lose, but he's done all he can. Now he waits. There is nothing … Continue reading Golf lesson: Work hard, let go
What the world needs now ... people who freely exchange ideas in an atmosphere of truth and respect people who value substance over trifles people who remember history’s evils and build on its virtues people who know what’s going on in the world today and understand what it means for tomorrow people who consider others … Continue reading What is The Thinkery?
The leaves are gone from the trees. The birches and oaks and maples stand bare. It's the dead of winter, and that expression is no mistake. Still, beauty persists. There's something quite exquisite about a leafless tree silhouetted against a twilight sky ... frost bejeweling the delicate edges of fallen leaves ... ice cloaking each tender branch ... snow … Continue reading The life of winter