Mar 3, 2013
A recent study by sociologist, Scott Coltran claims that when parents do chores at home alongside their children, the children cooperate better at school. They understand that in a group, everyone plays a part. And the child feels his own work is more important. This picture of a parent and...Read more +
Feb 17, 2013
Dr. Charley Gordon is a brain surgeon and author of In Plain Sight . One day, walking the halls of UCLA Medical Center, he spotted a worn, black-and-white photo of the hospital’s founding fathers. Near it was a sticky note: "If you can identify any of these people, call Marge...Read more +
Feb 10, 2013
A friend of mine grew up in a great foster family. As an adult, she wanted to know about her earlier childhood with abusive parents—and looked up her files. That's when a surprising hero emerged. Years before, meeting after meeting, the caseworker had typed meticulous reports. Caseworkers are often overworked...Read more +
Feb 3, 2013
Just before World War II, America was precariously low on cargo ships. Henry Kaiser , an industrialist, had never built ships, but that didn't deter him. He called for an “impossibility conference” to address every reason why he shouldn’t build ships now. What happened? As participants examined each reason not...Read more +
Jan 27, 2013
One day a boy walked into a drugstore and asked to use the phone. He dialed a number and said, "Dr. Brown, do you need a boy to mow your lawn and run errands?" He listened, then said, "Oh, you have a boy you like? All right, thank you." When...Read more +
Jan 20, 2013
The English writer, Dorothy Sayers, made an interesting comment about Jesus’s carpentry: "No crooked table leg or ill-fitting drawer ever, I dare swear, came out of the carpenter shop at Nazareth. Nor, if they had, could anyone believe that they were made by the same hands that made heaven and...Read more +
Jan 13, 2013
The Mediterranean diet is a popular, healthy eating plan. Olive oil is central to this diet. Now olive trees most often grow in marginal areas, like rocky hillsides, unsuited to other crops. While olive trees may prefer good soil, they are quite hardy and do well under stressful conditions. In...Read more +
Jan 6, 2013
If you want to improve your mind, take a walk. The medical journal Neurology released a study that shows walking helps delay some of the worst ravages of aging—both for body and mind. Just as important, the study suggests that exercise doesn’t have to be rigorous to be rewarding. Henry...Read more +
Dec 23, 2012
Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, and founded the Disney Empire. Once someone asked him, "How does it feel to be a celebrity?" "Feels fine," Disney said, but he didn't stop there. "Feels fine when it helps get a good seat for a football game. But celebrity status never helped...Read more +
Dec 16, 2012
A friend of mine visited Plimoth Plantation, a re-creation of the village built by English Puritan settlers. Costumed role players take on the names, viewpoints, and life histories of real people from that first colony. In character, these players know nothing beyond the world of 1627. My friend approached one...Read more +