April 5, 2017 - 12:02 pm
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For centuries, childbirth was a major cause of death for women. But around 1630, Peter Chamberlen, a British doctor, invented a special instrument to assist women in labor. Nobody knew what that instrument was, because Doctor Chamberlen and his

March 28, 2017 - 2:48 pm
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Do you sometimes dwell on mistakes or failures? Or do you kick yourself endlessly for decisions you made – or perhaps didn’t make? In A Touch of Wonder, Arthur Gordon tells of the method a psychiatrist friend used to

March 20, 2017 - 4:20 pm
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“There ain’t no future in the past.” That line from a Vince Gill song has it right — especially when it comes to fresh ideas. Creativity lives in today and aims for the future. Even the guy who wrote

March 8, 2017 - 3:40 pm
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A recent New York Times editorial piece references this excerpt from the book, The Speed of Trust: “There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy and civilization throughout the world –

February 8, 2017 - 4:28 pm
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Years ago, while browsing in Strand bookstore on Broadway, I came across “A Technique for Producing Ideas” by James Webb Young. This little book helped articulate the creative process for me, and, in its own clever way, boosted my

December 22, 2016 - 1:18 pm
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The Blind Boys of Alabama, a five-time-Grammy-award-winning gospel group, has performed for three administrations at the White House and for enthusiastic audiences all over the world. I recently heard an NPR interview with Ricky McKinnie, a singer and drummer

November 30, 2016 - 4:01 pm
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Several years ago, nutritionist Jerry Sternin came up with a way to reduce malnutrition in Vietnam. And he did it with one simple question. Sternin searched out a few villagers whose children seemed better nourished than other Vietnamese kids