Make Yourself Unforgettable
Dec21

Make Yourself Unforgettable

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than its value. — Charles Dudley Warner Note: Today’s post was written in conjunction with Andy Earle, a research psychologist and writer at Loyola Marymount University. Creator of Trial by Science and Assistant Director of HeadsUP Research Lab, Andy maintains his own TERRIFIC blog on everyday psychology that I recommend you check out: Inspirational Science...

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Social Psychology of Christmas
Dec24

Social Psychology of Christmas

There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus. — Bob Phillips With Christmas just tomorrow, I decided to give you, dear reader, a present. That is, today’s bit of psychophilosophy comes to you in the form of a holiday poem. Enjoy! ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Well, not a mouse with a...

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A Whirlwind Conclusion [Italy Trip Pt. 3]
Jan22

A Whirlwind Conclusion [Italy Trip Pt. 3]

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. — St. Augustine Realizing that it took me a post per city (and we traveled to six) to chronicle our adventures, I decided to purchase a ticket for the fast train (metaphorically nor literally something my brother and I ever did), and conclude our experience of the remaining four cities in one post. I apologize for the added length. Actually: you’re welcome....

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Arrivederci, America.
Dec18

Arrivederci, America.

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow. – Lin Yutang I learned last night that it’s challenging to fall asleep on the eve of your two-week trip to Italy. Very challenging actually. This will be my first ever Christmas and New Years not spent in good ol’ Portland, Oregon. Instead, Christmas will be in Rome and New Years in Venice. Not quite the same as the...

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New Year Expectations
Dec26

New Year Expectations

I like life. It’s something to do.  — Ronnie Shakes Just when you thought Christmas was over and you wouldn’t be receiving any more presents, a new post from my blog appears. Boy, are you lucky. With the Christmas season now behind us, along with the apocalypse for that matter (which is too bad, because Armageddon would have given me some great blogging material) we begin to prepare for the New Year. Or as I like to call...

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