Posted July 31, 2017 in Monthly News

Changing Frames

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. ~ Wayne Dyer

In an 1819 letter to his brother and sister, the poet John Keats said the common notion that life is “a vale of tears … from which we are to be redeemed by a certain arbitrary […]

Posted October 31, 2016 in Monthly News

The Art of Disruption

Change doesn’t have to be destructive to be productively disruptive. ~ Alva Noë

I share some devout values with Alva Noë, author of Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015). One of those values we share is art. I have said there is a reason ART is in the […]

Posted October 31, 2016 in Monthly News

Living in Interesting Times

May you live in interesting times is often said to be an “ancient Chinese curse.” It is, however, neither Chinese nor ancient. Regardless of its origins, it is easy to see why living in interesting times would be considered a curse. What makes “times” interesting? The answer, of course, is change.

If you can […]

Posted September 30, 2016 in Monthly News

Human Evolution

Humans like to think of themselves as the “Crown of Creation.” In 1968, Jefferson Airplane captured the irony of the human tendency to presume that we had achieved the pinnacle of the evolutionary process in the song, “Crown of Creation”:

You are the crown of creation. You are the crown of creation, And you’ve […]

Posted February 29, 2016 in Monthly News

Evolution—Change Happens

Debra’s article this month is about two things: the efficacy of NLP and effective design for web pages, including this newsletter, the SCS home page, and other SCS pages. I didn’t participate in the discussion about the design for the SCS website, so I don’t have any sense of the personality of the person with […]

Posted July 1, 2015 in Monthly News

Metamorphoses

When most people think of metamorphosis, they usually think of caterpillars turning into butterflies or tadpoles into frogs. If you’ve ever read The Metamorphosis,” by Franz Kafka, you may have thought of the hapless Gregor Samsa, who wakes up one morning to find himself changed into a giant insect. At first he thinks he is […]

Posted April 30, 2015 in Monthly News

Maintaining Your Center

One of the principal challenges of modern life is keeping up. The other principal challenge is remaining calm and centered even while working to keep up with the way things are changing. The rate at which things are changing has been increasing exponentially for generations. For thousands of years, the only way for humans to […]

Posted December 15, 2014 in Monthly News

Resolutions and Revolutions

It’s that time of year…. For one reason or another, the New Year has become the dedicated time for people to resolve to be better in one way or another from the way they were in the past. Most cultures have had some form of promise-making at the start of the new year, regardless of […]