Do we really need TWO staples?

When my coworker showed me how to do a task at the office, she told me to staple the paperwork twice, on either side of the top of the page. I was new to the task, so I didn’t know the reason. I assumed that the reason would become evident as I got more familiarContinue reading “Do we really need TWO staples?”

Belief vs. dogma

“Dasher is the fastest reindeer.” “Dasher is the fastest reindeer.” The first statement is a belief. The second statement is a dogma. It’s hard to tell the difference, isn’t it? Let me take the conversation further so that the difference becomes clear. Belief “Dasher is the fastest reindeer.” “Are you sure? I thought it wasContinue reading “Belief vs. dogma”

Do you know how much water you drink?

We can benefit from tracking our lifestyle activities. You know how much water you’re supposed to drink every day, right? Although there are various schools of thought, health experts typically recommend eight eight-ounce glasses (the 8×8 rule). Although you probably know how much you’re supposed to drink, do you know how much you actually drink?Continue reading “Do you know how much water you drink?”

That time when Lincoln was ‘dishwatery’

I don’t have to tell y’all that Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address — delivered 156 years ago today — is considered one of the finest and most influential speeches of all time (miles ahead of Gwyneth Paltrow’s 1999 Academy Awards speech). However, it took a while for the Gettysburg Address to gain full respect. The cheek ofContinue reading “That time when Lincoln was ‘dishwatery’”

Sleeping under the trees

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’mContinue reading “Sleeping under the trees”

Ford vs. Kavanaugh

The Supreme Court nominee is being accused of awful conduct. He is denying it. What do we do with that? This situation is just one of countless others. We constantly need to sift through data, analyze information, and weigh evidence. When we want to make a wise decision, draw a reasonable conclusion, or make aContinue reading “Ford vs. Kavanaugh”

Do you KNOW more than you THINCK?

Your last letter was a beauty as far as its length but it was vilely spelt. I don’t think I have ever seen quite so many mistakes in so few lines. Howe wood you lick it if I rote you a leter al ful of mispeld wurds? I no yu know kwite well howe toContinue reading “Do you KNOW more than you THINCK?”

5 ways to sharpen your thinking skills

We’ve all done it. We’ve inspired a facepalm with a thinking malfunction. But there are ways to minimize facepalms (and worse). Follow these tips to keep your brain out of autopilot, and you’ll see improvement in every area of life. Because thinking is kinda important. THINKING TIP 1 Make the effort. Arguably, the number oneContinue reading “5 ways to sharpen your thinking skills”

What is The Thinkery?

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 othersContinue reading “What is The Thinkery?”

This time I know the Maldives

At my office, I have a desk calendar based on the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Each day, it gives a brief profile of an amazing place in the world. Recently, there was one about the Maldives. Did you know that it is the world’s lowest country? I learned that along withContinue reading “This time I know the Maldives”