The Mind Club
Apr19

The Mind Club

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence. — B.R. Ambedkar Would you like to be a member of The Mind Club? Without even knowing what this club’s about, you might already think, Yea, that sounds cool. Minds are good. And indeed having a mind is a good thing–in fact, it may be the best thing that ever happened to you. Because having a mind automatically admits you to The Mind Club, where...

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Beat Back the Blues
Mar22

Beat Back the Blues

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. — Buddha We all feel sad now and again, caught in those funks we wish we could Rip Van Winkle ourselves out of. But when a good night’s rest and some exercise doesn’t fix the issue, that depression can make even the far-forever future seem trapped in the present gloom. For most people, however, we only feel depressed rather than have...

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Banishing Bias
Jul27

Banishing Bias

We all use stereotypes, all the time, without knowing it. We have met the enemy of equality, and the enemy is us.  — Annie Murphy Paul Just two days ago, the world’s most famous basketball player, Michael Jordan, donated $2 million to help address police-related shootings, half of the donation going to the Institute for Community-Police Relations with the other half to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. But how can money help resolve...

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The Science of Believing in Yourself
Jun29

The Science of Believing in Yourself

It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. — Muhammad Ali Recently, I finished reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X, from which, I learned about a very nuanced man, a leader who committed his life to bettering the lives of others. And although the book as a whole was very powerful and well written, there is a particular anecdote from...

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The Task at Hand
Oct07

The Task at Hand

Everything you can imagine is real. – Pablo Picasso I like to say that if I start my day by waking up, then it’s a good day. But today, in particular, was an especially good day. Yes, my peanut butter and jelly sandwich was on point. Yes, I found a missing sock that had eluded me for months. But really, what makes today so great is that I passed the third and final portion of my candidacy exam. I have officially proven I am “worthy”...

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