Good news for shy people | Work stress, you and your telomeres

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

Autism |Toronto’s van rampage 4 | Alek Minassian convicted – what now?

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?

I’m back | The trauma of moving and saying goodbye | hope for the future

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

Rescuing History | I wish I had a dollar | Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK and the plight of loners

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