• Walt Whitman
    Literature

    Walt Whitman on Beethoven and Music

    An interesting piece on Walt Whitman and music. “Feeling, life, motion and emotion constitute its import,” philosopher Susanne Langer wrote of music, which she defined as “a highly articulated sensuous object.” Although many great writers have contemplated the power of music, few have articulated it more perfectly or more sensuously than Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) does in Specimen Days (public library) — the sublime collection of prose fragments and journal entries, which gave us Whitman on the wisdom of trees and which the poet himself described as “a melange of loafing, looking, hobbling, sitting, traveling — a little thinking thrown in for salt, but very little — …mostly the scenes everybody sees, but some of my…

  • Managing Actions
    Lifestyle

    How to Manage Actions and Gain Time

    For the present is the only thing of which a man can be deprived, if it is true that is the only thing which he has, and that a man cannot lose something he does not already possess – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Managing self Now that I’m attempting to limit my smartphone usage. The next thing I want to focus on is time management.  During my year in Pharmacy school, I realized my time management skills were not adapted to that environment. I could have done things differently.  This has me thinking about how I manage time and what I want to do about it. There’s a lot of advice on…

  • Lifestyle

    Breaking Smartphone Use

    Smartphones changed how we see the world Smartphones significantly changed the way we look and acquire information.  They also present new challenges in how we use them. Devices that are small enough to fit in your pocket or wrapped around your arm, now allow near instant communication with people around the world (social media, etc), take and share photos, and access collected knowledge and thoughts of key opinion leaders from around the world is in real time. With all the positive aspects smartphones possess there’s are negative outcomes. The smartphone’s power can be so consuming that all you want to do is stare into its little screen awaiting the little…

  • Life Lessons

    Post-Pharmacy School Failure: How to Create a Life Vision

    Failing out of Pharmacy School has changed my planned career arc; the plans I had are no longer valid and now I have to figure out what to do.  A lot of people talk about having goals: setting goals, achieving goals, goal timeframes, etc.  While having goals is fine but goals have to be built on a foundation, and that foundation is your personal vision statement. Path to your future self When looking at the future, I don’t think in terms of what do I want to do, I think of who do I want to be.  I try to get an overall view of myself such as, I want…

  • Health benefits of mushrooms can provide added health benefits
    Health

    Antioxidant Health Benefits of Mushrooms

    Health benefits of mushrooms When looking at the health benefits of mushrooms, there’s an aging theory that’s been around for a while; it involves free radicals.  Free radicals are chemicals or atoms like oxygen that are missing an electron. These chemicals try to be electron balanced with the number of electrons they’re supposed to have. They try to balance out by donating an electron to another chemical or taken from another chemical. This makes the free radical highly reactive causing damage to cells, proteins, and DNA. This is something we don’t want around. Over time, free radicals may cause enough damage which may be associated with diseases related to aging: like cancer,…

  • Science

    Dinosaur Extinction Sheds New Light on Cancer Treatment

    What is Iridium? Iridium, discovered in 1803, is a metal from the same family as platinum.  It is hard, brittle, the world’s second densest metal, and is the world’s most corrosion-resistant metal. The metal is rare on Earth, but found in large quantities in meteoroids.  Large amounts of iridium was discovered in the Earth’s crust layer dating from around 66 million years ago, leading to the theory that it came to Earth from an asteroid which may caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. Iridium Interaction with Cancer Cells Researchers have shown cancer cells can be targeted and destroyed with the iridium, the metal from the asteroid that may have caused…