COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS

Joan and I are taking a three week hiatus from posting. Yes, we probably will be spending our time causing trouble some other way besides writing. (It does always seem like fun to keep taking tissues out of the box only to have the next one magically pop up.) We just wanted to give fair…

The mental illness next door

From the street, the house appears stately—generously-sized, but not McMansion steroidal. The entryway, circular drive and two car garage seem classy. A fenced yard safeguards an in-ground pool and surrounds a swing set, shed, patios and walkways. Moving closer dispels the favorable first impression. As you approach, inconsistencies surface: patio boards are splintered, paint on…

The simple genius of checklists

Checklists, like the Index Card Cure™, can be used to help manage the complexities of modern life. As Atul Gawande, MD wrote in “The Checklist Manifesto,” there are situations where a simple to-do list may help save lives. In medicine, Dr.Gawande writes, the problem is “making sure we apply the knowledge we have consistently and…

Index Card Cure™: DIGGING OUT FROM UNDER THE OVERWHELM

Have you ever heard of a person who is in a state of whelm? Mostly, we hear about crazy, busy, overwhelmed lives or being underwhelmed. Whelm seems like it should mean balance, a state of being to strive for. While whelm may be an archaic word, it certainly describes many people’s daily lives. With Index…

Index Card Cure™ Just one thing

Are you in a competition to see how many tasks you can juggle or how busy you are? We tend to think we are better at multi-tasking than brain studies indicate. We may not believe the research until we have a near miss while texting and driving. People’s smartphone absorption can leave them oblivious to…