If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Sunday, June 8, 2008

In The News

Here's a smattering of articles I've found in the past week that has caused me to pause a little and think:

This one I'm not 100% sure how I feel about. On the one hand I've been fascinated by Alzheimer's since high school. Around that time I discovered an amazing academic medical library just on the other side of the park from my house. I would take a nice walk through the park and then spend the afternoon researching journal articles. Alzheimer's was one passion; schizophrenia another. I loved the brain and its organic diseases. I'm also a big Oliver Sacks fan. Later, in college, I became enamored with hormones...but that's another story. So I find this article fascinating in terms of the brain and behavior and useful interventions. However my grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's and it was very painful to lose her slowly. I'm not sure how I would feel if I had found Granny waiting for a bus that never came.

This one bothers me. It reminds me of this. We seem to be increasing our hostile attitude towards adolescents and finding new ways to say "you're not wanted." When will we learn to give teens a meaningful role in society? When will we learn to appreciate their idealism; their desire for change; their criticisms?

I found this to be interesting. I have not been supporting Clinton and I used to enjoy Sex in The City (the show - I haven't seen the movie and will probably wait until it's released on iTunes) but I found much to agree with in the article. Better still was the link to this.

And this is just fun. How great would it be if even one of these articles was true?


Nit said...

Thanks for all of the links! Very interesting articles. :)

I loved the last link the most! :)

Beth A. said...

I'm not sure how to react to that Alzheimer's article. My father had Alzheimer's, and like you, I'm not sure how I feel about the thought of his being tricked like that. Of course, mostly I think I would feel that what I really want out of any nursing home I would have entrusted with his care is that they not let him wander off and endanger himself in the first place.