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The World Through a Bubble

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.05.2016 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I have a bubble in my eye. My doctor jokes that I can use it to make sure the photos on the wall are level. He tells me that, eventually, it will d...

You're Going To Really Have To Want To Get To This Island

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 11.03.2014 | Travel

If you're looking to get away -- and we mean really away -- from a fast-paced life, you probably should head on down to St. Helena. You may have heard...

Cinefantastique's Here's What's Going On: Universal to Offer Real Cabin in the Woods

Dan Persons | Posted 09.01.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

Writer/Director Drew Goddard to adapt horror satire for Halloween Horror Nights... Jacob's Ladder being climbed once more... A bonding experience doesn't go quite as planned in Best Friends Forever...

Brains Are Changed Through Early Use of the Hands

James R. Murphy | Posted 03.28.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

An interesting snippet was published in the New Scientist January 19-25, 2013 concerning how early training of musicians changes the wiring of their brains.

The Cooperation of Children While Learning

James R. Murphy | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

Children will cooperate to learn something they really want to know, and that for all their best learning, it takes all of them to help each other figure things out.

The Importance of Precision Hands

James R. Murphy | Posted 03.05.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

My guess is that the easiest way to deepen neural connections in a young person is to help them become actively involved in what they are learning, to help them develop precision hands as they practice thinking.

Kids Doubt They Can Learn the Hard Stuff

James R. Murphy | Posted 01.10.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

Kids doubt they can learn the hard stuff. I remember being afraid I couldn't learn how to read. I was pretty young and you didn't have to learn to r...

To Raise a Generation of Competence

James R. Murphy | Posted 01.09.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

So now Obama has another chance and so do we. He must look far into the future to do what is right and so do we. And that future is another generation of students in our public schools better prepared to project our nation's strength.

The Hands of Children Playing With String Will Lead Us Into the Future

James R. Murphy | Posted 01.06.2013 | Education
James R. Murphy

The basis for all high-order, cognitive thinking in humans is founded upon two unique attributes in our physiology: A brain large and complex enough for symbolic abstraction in language and a hand capable enough for fine manipulation.

String Figures and Early Higher Cognitive Learning

James R. Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
James R. Murphy

It is surprising that so much of the plasticity and ease of learning occurs during childhood, and I think that a major mistake is made by the educational establishment in NOT taking advantage of this opportunity to develop and enrich one's learning skills early on.

A Different Kind of String Theory

James R. Murphy | Posted 12.24.2012 | Education
James R. Murphy

Why string figures? Because man is a hand animal. Humans became smart because our hands allowed us to develop and employ our intelligence.

The Educator, The Healer- Conversation With S. Epatha Merkerson

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 02.01.2016 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

S. Epatha Merkerson uses her success to empower others, to gift others with knowledge and freedom. The kind of power one implants in their children to be better human being; to be a positive contributor to society.

SUCKER PUNCH: "Am I the Only One Who Liked This Film?"

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.28.2011 | Entertainment
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Sucker Punch takes a shot at our ideas about who we think we are. Director Zack Snyder makes you think it's about sex. But it's not, it's about integration: personal accountability, maturity and moving forward.

Food, Glorious Food: Fried Squirrel Meets Kosher Chicken

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Angela Himsel

Following successful surgery, my mother is now in rehab in Indiana and, for the first time in God knows when, she won't be cooking three meals a day any time soon.