Discover Your Clifton Strengths by Tom Rath

CLIFTON STRENGTHS

I’m glad I took this test and recommend it for everybody, whether your job searching or not. In fact, a good place to start taking it is in high school. Students can take it online and get immediate results for their use only. Schools should start politicking for it. What’s good and beneficial for the students of today is that there is nothing negative about it. No downside. Nobody’s score is any better than anybody else’s.

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THE MAKING OF A VETERAN: A Review Of “LEAVE WITHOUT A TRACE”

“If we don’t need the gory details to tell a story about gore, then maybe we don’t need to accept war as inevitable.” ~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight

“LEAVE WITHOUT A TRACE” A war story-movie about the sacrifices a family makes in real time on the ground, when one is called or decides to serve their country. Based on a novel by Mindy Mejia, the film explores such sacrifice and how it impacts initially and alters forever the family dynamic.

A slow-mover that mesmerizes the viewer, forcing one to sit still the mind as it opens wide the harsh reality of physical and psychological isolation.

Mindy Mejia uses nuance to tell a story of how war leaves an indelible influence on the making of each veteran and how through each person’s uniqueness, that indelible influence unfolds differently.

Trying to heal what can’t be told, the family stumbles, succumbs and rises to a different understatement of who they are, and how to survive the changes that war brought upon them.

Rather than being left with images, facts, and figures from the theatre of the aftermath of war, the viewer takes with them a part of the collective soul of all veterans – the only part common to all – that they will ever allow you to see. Everything else is uniquely private to each individual veteran-family.

Happy Veteran’s Day to all my Veteran-family members!

I am a family-veteran. I became one when I was born into a family who served and became one again each time another family member put on that uniform.

I know what isolation looks and feels like. Over time that place brought me comfort knowing I was surviving something somebody else experienced, which I had no control over.

I believe war is NOT inevitable. Absent war and absent the intentional infliction of harm is a world I aspire to help engineer. Using my own free will and self-control opens the doors that need opening and closes those that need closing.

This is a story about accepting where we are now and working from there to achieve tomorrow.

I know that story.

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight


ART INTERPRETATION

‘Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.’

Interpretation of art operates in the same way.

“It’s not for the artist to interpret the art for those who view it.

When the artist guides the interpretation for the viewer, it corrupts the art.”

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight

A LESSON IN OPPRESSION

“When one work of art is interpreted in the same way by everyone who views it, it’s a lesson in oppression.”

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight






 

Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil Degrasse Tyson – a book review

Never before have I written a review on a book where I didn’t understand ninety-nine percent of the material in it.

“Astrophysics is a very broad subject; it requires knowledge of fields such as electromagnetic theory, mechanics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear physics and particle physics. The study of astrophysics includes measuring properties such as chemical composition, density, mass, luminosity and temperature of stellar objects and using them to model and predict how the stellar bodies would behave.” source: differencebetween.com

Although I took a course in astronomy while in college to fulfill my science requirement, it didn’t leave much of an impact and contained nothing about astrophysics or any of the areas of study mentioned in the previous paragraph.

In fact, I never read any book from cover to cover that I didn’t understand. What would be the point? Even now after reading it, I don’t know why I want to read it again. But I do and I probably will. To do this review I’m going to go back and reread all the pages I checked to return to – pages with nuggets of interesting facts about the universe that we not only live in, but that lives within us.

That’s the first nugget I discovered when Steve brought home the book and I fanned to a page towards the end where it said,

(1). “We do not simply live in the universe. The universe lives within us”.

I was immediately hooked, since that’s something I believed all along, that we were not independent of the universe, and not simply part of it, as a working component, but it was in us and we in it.

As I read this book I didn’t understand, I did so in the same way I read any other book – now and then when I realized my mind drifting out of the zone for a few paragraphs, I returned to reread them, making sure I fully attended to each word before moving on, even though I wasn’t consciously connecting any dots, because the dots didn’t mean anything. It was like reading a foreign language. I kept up with it though, reading a couple chapters each night before going to sleep.

From this position of not knowing, I pass on to you what I thought interesting and fun facts about where we live and what lives within us, that happen to be one and the same: the universe.


For fun facts> ASTROPHYSICS WITH NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

Notes:

Although I recommend buying the book, I read one on loan from the library. If I were younger, I’d want a copy of my own. My library is long gone now, mostly sold when we needed money for something essential.

So why the interest? Why not? It’s all around us; it’s in us; we’re in it; why not be curious about what we don’t know?

Why continue to read something I clearly didn’t understand? Maybe at some level of our intelligence or some other process yet to be recognized or named by science, we are programmed to understand some rudimentary laws of physics absent the terminology used to describe and define them.

Maybe we’re designed to recognize and understand certain concepts regarding anything even though we don’t know the formulas, equations or methods used to prove them. I believe that happened with me.