Let's look again at Elizabeth H. Blackburn's 2017 book The Telomere Effect: a revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer. Dr Blackburn is one of the leading researchers into the genetics of the telomere, that device at the ends of your DNA strands that protects them from deteriorating (often compared with the plasticized ends of … Continue reading Good news for shy people | Work stress, you and your telomeres
How, you may want to ask, can something considered pathological be natural?
Almost as soon as I said I was back here, I had to leave. My wife Merle went in the hospital on May 16, where her condition steadily grew worse. I was going to include a rant here about the current Ontario government's attempts to erode the Canadian healthcare system, in our case depriving Merle … Continue reading Death and Remembering | My wife Merle is gone
Because I've been paying close attention to dreams since I was a boy, every now and then I think it's time for me to write my own book about dreams. But each time that happens I immediately think of psychologist Robert Van de Castle's monumental book, Our Dreaming Mind and I change my mind. For … Continue reading Dreams | Psychologist Robert Van de Castle and Our Dreaming Mind
For some reason the fate of Alek Minassian continues to haunt me. How is it, I ask myself, that someone who killed 10 people and injured 16 more, some permanently, running them down in his rented van here in Toronto 15 minutes walk from my home, now convicted and awaiting sentencing, continues to elicit sympathy … Continue reading Autism |Toronto’s van rampage 4 | Alek Minassian convicted – what now?
What would you think of a 74 year-old man who set out on the hardest, longest, most traumatic undertaking of his life? One that would physically and mentally exhaust him, and render him, after it was over, unable to think straight or do anything constructive for days? For the past two months I've been unable … Continue reading I’m back | The trauma of moving and saying goodbye | hope for the future
Alex Minassian's trial finally took place and, to no-one's surprise, he was convicted.
I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard Lee Harvey Oswald described as the assassin of JFK. For example, the current Wikipedia article says, "Oswald shot and killed Kennedy on November 22, 1963, from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository as the President traveled by motorcade through Dealey Plaza … Continue reading Rescuing History | I wish I had a dollar | Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK and the plight of loners
Few people talk about this - the strange interaction you sometimes see between dreams and the real world. To show you what I mean, I'll give you a simple example of my own. A few years ago I had a series of dreams, night after night for about a week, in which I dreamt dead … Continue reading Paranormal World | Dreams entering reality