Attention all Graduate Students and Junior Faculty

A new cycle of the Academic Success Catalyst Program – 4 weeks of small-group conference calls – starts next week. The ASCP is for graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty, and other junior academic researchers who would like to: • get more productive in their writing and other work • finish their thesis, papers, or other […]

Wednesday Dog: Bowled Over


Healing Strategies

I live right near Boston’s Logan Airport so my main Marathon experience happens just before and after the race, when my normally sedate T (subway) line fills up with hundreds of incredibly skinny, fit, and exuberant people from all over the world who have flown in to take part. I was out of town when […]

Tuesday Dog: Slickered

              from Cute Overload

You Get There in the End

Below is a lovely meditation on procrastination and the virtues of persistence from Sven Herselman.  Used with kind permission. Procrastination, I’m the master of it, or maybe it’s sometimes the master of me. I also enjoy going camping, but I have to admit that even though I have been living for over a year in […]

Monday Dog: A Sweetie Who Knows His Worth

Nonperfectionist Online Writing

Some good insights in this article on overcoming perfectionism. The author, psychologist Anna Deeds, also discusses how she overcame her perfectionist tendencies when writing online: When I started writing online, I used to read every post 5 or 6 times before I would publish it. You won’t get many posts complete if you read them […]

“A Good Death”

I had never looked closely for a long period at a dying person. I had never listened to the strained breathing of a body barely functioning and had never put my head beside a man too weak to speak, smelled his pungent breath and silently shared his day in, day out view of the white […]

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family fights unproductively.

Useful tips on how to have a constructive dispute with your family. People tend to fight more during transitional times, like when you’re leaving for/coming home from work. So work on staying cool during those times. (Time management, which will help you overcome the morning and evening rushes, can help.) Everyone should be sitting at […]

“I was held captive by perfectionism.”

A short but vivid description of one woman’s struggle. The writer gets so much right: that it’s a trap that it often begins in childhood In high school: “I sat before my Spanish teacher in tears over a B+.” Heavy involvement with ballet, an endeavor that “required excellence.” As an adult, a perfectionist approach to […]

“Pajama Days”

I love the term Pajama Days for days when you simply can’t get motivated.

Telling Your Future

OK, this guy sounds crazy or a scammer, but reading the article I realized a Future Telling machine is probably possible. If a computer has enough information about your past behavior (and one will, given the increasingly larger percentage of our lives we live on line) it will probably be able to predict your future […]

Vienna (with Lyrics)

Slow down you crazy child You’re so ambitious for a juvenile But then if you’re so smart tell me, Why are you still so afraid? (mmmmm) Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about? You better cool it off before you burn it out You got so much to do and only So many hours in […]

Daily Dog: More Dogs Allowed in Hospitals to Comfort Ill

A lovely development. When my dad was in a nursing home, we used to bring our basset Elvis to visit him. It took us forever to get to my dad’s room because *everyone* wanted to say hello to Elvis. And Elvis, a typical friendly basset, had to stop and say hello to everyone. I can […]

Billboard Helps Man Find Kidney Donor

Too bad it has to come to this (in countries where the default is that you donate your organs, not that you don’t there’s no waiting list), but I’m glad he found someone. Kudos to the donor.