Synchronicity and Silence

  Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve been thinking about a friend, and then they call you “out of the blue?”  Perhaps you find yourself somewhere you’ve never been before and realize that this location has been presented multiple times (e.g. you overheard it described; your best friend mentioned it; or perhaps you had a very detailed dream …

A Scavenger Hunt for Creativity

Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? You know, you get a list of things to find and you and your team are sent off to collect whatever is on your list. Typically, this requires one to engage with strangers to acquire the desired treasures. You must convince others to give you objects on your list. This past week …

The Language of Emotions

Do you have an emotional vocabulary?  Do you use a wide range of words to describe how you are feeling or do you rely on “fine” and “okay?”  In our environment of rapid change and clipped conversations (verbal and through technology), most of us rely upon the expedient answer of “fine” when queried by someone, especially in a non-intimate environment …

Introverts, Extroverts and Science

Extroverts, Introverts, and the Brain’s Reward Center As an introvert, I’ve always been intrigued (and at times annoyed) by the ability/propensity of extroverts to talk as much as they do, especially about themselves.  Before I really understood how extroverts were wired, I used to think they were unusually self-absorbed.  However, it is just that extroverts process information more externally, while …

Different, Not Dangerous

I’ve been reading The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben.  It is a fascinating book that has caused me to look at the trees on our property with a new sense of wonder.  According to Wohlleben, trees communicate and work together to protect their community.   They don’t discriminate. If a tree in a forest is struggling, other trees will connect with …