INSTANT GRATIFICATION: the need for immediate pleasure

instant gratification

Maybe you have heard of this one already:  “The Marshmallow Study.”  It refers to the social dynamics study done 40 years ago in which a small child is put into a study room.  On the table in front of the child is one marshmallow.   The child is told that she can have the one marshmallow…or…if […]

UNDER THE WEATHER: somewhat indisposed; ailing; ill.

under the weather

For the past couple of weeks I have been under the weather.   Following back surgery on the 15th of August I have been uncomfortable, racked with pain, and just plain crummy.   I have been filled with medications, some of  which always make me more ill than the surgery itself.  As recently as today I have […]

CHRYSALIS [KRIS-uh-lis]: the hard shell covering surrounding a caterpillar which is becoming a butterfly

chrysalis

Every middle school science student has learned about the chrysalis.  If the science teacher is creative, the class has spread out in the fields to find one hanging on a branch.  It is a tubular, hard shell, hanging only by a thread.  Some are transparent; others are not. When taken back to the classroom and […]