What Matters

  • A Reason for Being

    As a new year begins, it’s often a time for reflection on our lives. For some, that reflection may be a quick passing thought. For others, it may involve some deep introspection of where we are and where we A tool for doing that deep introspection thinking is one that...

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  • Aging Well

    In 1938, Clark Heath and Arlie Bock, two medical doctors at Harvard began what was the longest study of adult development ever conducted. They asked 268 male Harvard sophomores to agree to participate in a study that would continue for their entire lives. Harvard did...

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  • Then and Now

    Stashu was born in Donora Pennsylvania in 1920. He was the 5th child and first boy born to his parents. His father was a Polish immigrant, and his mother was a first-generation American. His father struggled to keep a job largely because of his alcohol use and anger...

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  • Neuroplasticity

    For much of our history, we believed that our brains were fully grown during childhood. But with the use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we now know that the brain continues to grow, adapt, and change over time. It does this by creating new neurons...

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  • Two Deaths and Many Lives

    It was perhaps his oldest memory. Years ago, he sat on his grandfather’s bed holding his hand, knowing that his grandfather didn’t have long to live. At the time, he didn’t know what to make of what his grandfather had said to him. What he remembered was something...

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  • Thinking Creatively

    It was the first class in Professor Atkin’s class. After going over the syllabus, she asked the students to get out a sheet of paper for a quiz. Students were shocked. “This is a simple True/False quiz,” she began. “I’m going to give you five quotes and then ask you...

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  • Selling Time

    America had a problem. Clocks in use at the time were manually wound and imprecise. That had not been a problem until railroads began to cross the country. Train schedules needed to be precise, or train collisions would become a serious problem. Samuel Langley saw an...

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  • False Reality

    In a number of conversations he had with colleagues and former students, he was often questioned about the moral decline of students he taught. With a teaching career that spanned 50+ years over seven decades, he seemed to be one who had a unique insight into the...

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  • Finding Your Purpose

    Nick Vujicic was born in Australia in 1982 to parents who were immigrants from Serbia. He was born with a rare disorder called tetra-amelia. This disorder manifests itself as one where a person is born without arms or legs. He has one foot attached to his lower torso....

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  • Uncontrollable Talent

    Ever heard of the name Steve (Dalko) Dalkowski? Few people have. One would think the name of the pitcher whose claim to fame was that of throwing a baseball faster than any other person would be well known. While radar guns didn’t exist when he was pitching, those who...

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