The Therapeutic Power of Listening and Speaking

By Troy Headrick I’d like to do something a bit different in this blog.  It’ll start with me posting a fascinating TED Talk by Leon Berg.  The title of his presentation is “The Power of Listening:  An Ancient Practice for Our Future.” By the way, before I tell you the true aim of this post,... Continue Reading →

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Living with Uncertainty

Hi everyone! Until recently, I have struggled with the idea of an ‘uncertain future’. I grew up in a family of government workers. In Turkey, if you work for the government, you are guaranteed for life. You have job security, full health care coverage etc. So, I valued guaranteeing things. But I also have this... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On The Mirror.

Gentle Spirit, 2019. Marker on Paper. Original Doodle by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. Like an elusive vapor, my reflection floats, then gently fades before my eyes. Like a favorite novel, its binding and its pages warp with the inevitable passing of time. Yet its story--its spirit--stays the same. . . . When I look... Continue Reading →

Butterflies

Each butterfly is entangled with each other. They're equally significant and important. If we remove only one or change its direction, then what will happen to the rest? It'll create a parallel universe.

How Is Sustainability An Ethical Decision?

Provided by Sarah Cole from PURC The Principle Of Sustainability: There are numerous definitions of sustainability. Like, the ‘entropy principle’ of sustainability states that life on Earth should not use more energy each day than is supplied by the Sun every single day. Herman Daly proposed these three principles of sustainability: non-renewable resources should not... Continue Reading →

Too Much Time

Hi everyone! This post will be me asking you guys for suggestions. With the quarantine, I realized how much of my time I was wasting just going around. My life before the quarantine for this semester was not so much different than now, but in my ‘free’ time, I would just go here and there... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On Being Vulnerable.

(sighs) Life. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. But there is beauty in the struggle, my friend. Turn it Up, 2020. Pennsylvania. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. My greatest fear in life is to be misunderstood. I know, I know. Kiiind of wishful thinking on my part. Because really: who hasn't... Continue Reading →

Social Withdrawal Symptoms

By Ellen Jayne | I don't think anyone of us could've ever guessed these events would escalate so quickly, but they did. It's easy to feel disheartened by all of this, but we all have a choice:

The Paralysis of “I Don’t Know”

By Ellen Jayne | We've all been there: faced with a decision to make while feeling completely helpless, succumbed to the sheer solidity of not being able to forecast the future. The unwavering cycle of 'to do, or not to do.' We subconsciously permit the moment to overwhelm us and in the end paralyze us. What if I told you that you're actually paralyzing yourself?

Napping as an Act of Defiance

By Troy Headrick I’ve been thinking a lot about defiance lately.  Actually, because I’m very much a contrarian at heart, I’m always thinking about ways to defy.  That’s what contrarians do; they defy conventional wisdom (among other things).  (By the way, it seems pretty clear that we need a lot more contrarians in the world.)... Continue Reading →

Our own self-drawn box

Today my mind wanted to wonder about the limitation a human being has. Of course, this is not about our physical limitations, but more about our mental limitations, which seem to guide our behavior. With this in mind, we might say that our behavior is limited by our mind, right? If you think that some... Continue Reading →

SnapDragon Speaks: On Jealousy.

Reach, 2020. Pennsylvania. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. Why do we get jealous? It's inevitable, really. Because for a time, in one way or another, we all feel it. She's so much skinnier than me. *pout* He has a summer house he never even uses. *scowl* They pop out a kid every... Continue Reading →

Do You Belong?

Hi everyone, Let’s talk about the sense of belonging today. We naturally want to belong to a place or person. We want to be part of a community. We therefore value family and we tend to prioritize them. Family partially gives us our personality. Then, we also belong to a group of friends and colleagues,... Continue Reading →

Patience with Self

Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing good! Today’s topic is patience with personal development. It is sort of a follow-up to my post last week about forming routines. I am patient with people. If someone is misbehaving, I don’t react (warnings aside) because I know that everyone makes mistakes on their way to better... Continue Reading →

How Do Others See Me?

By Troy Headrick A couple of weeks ago I had this really jarring experience.  I watched a video of myself leading a workshop on critical thinking.  (I am the director of a writing center at a community college in San Antonio, Texas, and often do all manner of presentations for a wide range of audiences.) ... Continue Reading →

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