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Sidewalk Clover, 2016

Haiku Poetry




         

          opening day  

          for sidewalk dining—

          a waitress pulls weeds


                    —Robert M. Hopkins


   













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Streaming Dewdrops, 2014



"The smartphone keeps us on automatic pilot and it inhibits us from making healthy choices, as we are responding to life on an automated and unconscious neurobiological basis. We socially isolate, are intolerant of boredom, and are always connected somewhere other than where we actually are at the moment. In short, we are over-stimulated and attention-impaired. Add to this the intoxication and expectation of broadcast capability, where our digital culture places little value on real-time experiences that are not recorded and broadcast; it’s as if our experiences didn’t occur unless witnessed by others. This phenomenon further contributes to the experience of FoMO, or "fear of missing out," which is the idea that we must transmit and bear witness to our lives via social media for fear that we will either be missed or will miss something. Ironically, what we seem to be missing is the present-centered experience of our own lives."


—Dr. David Greenfield, founder of The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction










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Crescent Flow, 2016





    "Follow your bliss, and the universe 

    will open doors where there 

     were only walls."


     —Joseph Campbell

 












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Morning Dew, 2017

  




"New research from Johns Hopkins Medical School shows that performance increases due to caffeine intake are the result of caffeine drinkers experiencing a short-term reversal of caffeine withdrawal. By controlling for caffeine use in study participants, John Hopkins researchers found that caffeine-related performance improvement is nonexistent without caffeine withdrawal. In essence, coming off caffeine reduces your cognitive performance and has a negative impact on your mood. The only way to get back to normal is to drink caffeine, and when you do drink it, you feel like it’s taking you to new heights. In reality, the caffeine is just taking your performance back to normal for a short period."

 

--Dr. Travis Bradberry











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Summer Sunset, 2016








"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination."


—Albert Einstein

















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Twilight Moon, 2017




"We've always known that sleep is good for your brain, but new research from the University of Rochester provides the first direct evidence for why your brain cells need you to sleep (and sleep the right way). The study found that when you sleep your brain removes toxic proteins from its neurons that are by-products of neural activity when you're awake. Unfortunately, your brain can remove them adequately only while you're asleep. So when you don't get enough sleep, the toxic proteins remain in your brain cells, wreaking havoc by impairing your ability to think—something no amount of caffeine can fix."


--Dr. Travis Bradberry











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Cambria Sunset, 2014








      "The larger the island of knowledge, 

       the longer the shoreline of wonder."


—Ralph W. Sockman
















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Rippling Clouds, 2017




  Have A Growth Mindset


"People’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. With a fixed mindset, you believe you are who you are and you cannot change. This creates problems when you’re challenged, because anything that appears to be more than you can handle is bound to make you feel hopeless and overwhelmed. 


People with a growth mindset believe that they can improve with effort. This makes them happier because they are better at handling difficulties. They also outperform those with a fixed mindset because they embrace challenges, treating them as opportunities to learn something new."


—Dr. Travis Bradberry












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