Inertia

I found myself deep in it this past weekend. Inertia. My particular case was mental inertia.

High minded goals stalled out. Some things completed, but much still to do.

With a little faith and patience and some love too, I came out the other side. Then I fell back in again, into the funk.

When you find yourself in that mindset it can be tough. And it can ebb and flow; a subtle yet teal challenge to wade through and overcome. But you CAN get through it.

Do the next right thing. And then do it again. And again. That’s the path forward. And be patient, even as it’s uncomfortable and maybe frustrating. Be patient. And do the next right thing.

You’ll get through it.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inertia

Science is Cool

When you have a few minutes, take a listen…this story is FOR SURE worth your time.

This is how we learn. There is a story that grabs us, and then the facts, and the data behind it. And thus, the lesson. Very cool.

From the intro on the NPR Short Wave website, it reads:

“In 2015, Steffanie Strathdee’s husband nearly died from a superbug, an antibiotic resistant bacteria he contracted in Egypt. Desperate to save him, she reached out to the scientific community for help. What she got back? A 100-year-old treatment that’s considered experimental in the U.S. Strathdee, an infectious disease epidemiologist, tells us how it works, its drawbacks, and its potential role in our fight against superbugs.

She also co-wrote the memoir, “The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug.”

Follow host Maddie Sofia on Twitter @maddie_sofia. Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Rebecca Davis and edited by Viet Le”

I LOVE Short Wave.  I LOVE NPR.

Listen here: 

one.npr.org/i/796743684:796870009

Storytelling and the Power of Narrative

“Stories are a mechanism that human beings have evolved to package information, explain who we are, how we survived, how we have coped, sometimes succeeded, sometimes not so much. And then, [S]tories help us in sharing that information across time and space.” Liz Neeley, from the Story Collider.

One note, thought on the ethics of storytelling. The storyteller should respect the agency of the listeners. To be ethical and truthful, the narrative, and the story overall, should represent broader truths. No outliers, please; down this path, whereby the story becomes a tool of manipulation. Not helpful. Not honest. Not welcome.

The Shortwave intro goes like this:

Storytelling can be a powerful tool to convey information, even in the world of science. It can also shift stereotypes about who scientists are. We talked to someone who knows all about this – Liz Neeley, the Executive Director of Story Collider, a nonprofit focused on telling “true, personal stories about science.”

You can tell the folks at NPR your personal science stories by emailing, shortwave@npr.org. Plus, do some #scicomm with Maddie on Twitter — she’s @maddie_sofia.

This episode below was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Viet Le.

Check out Story Collider’s website to hear the latest episodes of their podcast and see upcoming live shows.

Here’s the crew at Story Collider —

And here’s the whole piece from NPR Short Wave:

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/13/795977814/your-brain-on-storytelling

Space junk: humans affect on our planet, and beyond

“Space may be infinite, but the space we use right around earth is pretty finite.”

The following podcast gives a great overview of another profound impact humans have had all our world, and the stratosphere, and beyond perhaps.

Definitely worth 10 minutes of your time or so.

Climate change isn’t the only thing we need to worry about on a global scale, take a listen to “space junk”~

one.npr.org/i/795246131:795442985

“White Noise”

I’ve relished it since I was a kid.

The National Sleep Foundation defines “white noise” as that which reduces the difference between background sounds and “peak” sounds.

Whatever you call it, I love it. As a kid it was the central air system fan in our house running in the early morning. Now it’s the heater coming on at my house during the night or early morning when it’s cold.

I like music quietly playing in the background. I like the sound of the ocean waves crashing over and over at the beach. I like the sound of rain.

Even now as I write this, I hear the highway traffic off in the distance. Sort of sounds like the ocean. 🙂

White Noise. I love it.

What brings you calm in an unexpected way?