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The Finnish public school model

Posted: Thursday, Jul 21st, 2016
My most recent commentary in this publication was an introduction to the brain and the observation that children need lots of constructive experiences and positive role models for healthy physical, emotional, and intellectual development. The brain is a "meaning-making machine," i.e., one of its primary functions is to make sense of the world, and in order to do that, it

Different hats

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
As members of our small community, many of us wear different hats. One of the biggest keys to our success in the North San Luis Obispo County is our strong volunteer force, and that can make for some interesting politics at times.
As a newspaper reporter, it is my job to approach each and every article with impartiality. As a

Tearing the heart of a nation

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
It was a cold and dreary November day in 1965 as I walked to school, focused on the problems of a 15-year old which is to say, not very heavy in perspective. On that day, the men of the 7th Cavalry Division were in a fight for their life in the Ia Drang Valley in South Vietnam. Within the next

Notes on the brain

Posted: Friday, Jul 8th, 2016
The brain is one of the most fascinating things in the world. Considering how much it does, how important it is to our lives, and how long scientists have been studying it, it is amazing how little we know about how it really works. Some say we can never know everything about the brain, for it is the thing studying

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