Prisoner of your mind - image for article by Greg Alder

A prisoner of your mind


Two students. Michael believes he was born with the gift of intelligence. He believes his intelligence is fixed and there’s nothing he can do to change that. Tania believes intelligence is a mindset. She feels she has the power to…

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Every word a picture


A picture is worth a thousand words. True or false? True in the case of Ikea assembly instructions. How much more difficult would they be without illustrations? False in the case of literature. How often have you been disappointed in…

A finger pointing at the moon

A finger pointing at the moon


There’s a story often told about Buddha instructing a student on the difference between truth and belief. Buddha explains to the student: “My teaching is not a dogma or a doctrine. My teaching is a method to experience reality and…

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Buy the idea, be the idea


“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” You’ve no doubt heard the saying. There’s a lot of wisdom in it. Nobody wants to…

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Dear Death, your timing is lousy


Dear Death, it’s time we talked. You’ve taken 3 people from me these past two months and I’m not happy. I know your response. I come for everyone, eventually. Enough! I’ve heard it a hundred times. Just keep quiet for…

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Unopened flowers


Hussein Khaled Ahmad, teacher. Mo’ayyad al-A’raj, eye surgeon. Charlotte Bacon, sculptor. Daniel Barden, environmentalist. Mohammad Husam al-Breem, restaurateur. Omar Husam al-Breem, muralist. Hadi Hayel Abu Dahrouj, software developer. Abdullah Hayel Abu Dahrouj, app developer. Olivia Engel, veterinarian. Josephine Gay, actress….

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The end of time


This just might be the end of time. And space. And cause and effect. Plus a host of rules and principles to boot. It’s a big call, I know. Read on and then decide if this is as big a…

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So simple a child


“My five-year-old could do that.” An acquaintance is looking at a drawing on my wall. Two figures, one big and one small, are looking up towards a star. The figures are simple, nothing but a few black lines and dots….

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A table for twelve


The doorbell rings. Right on time. I make my way to the door with excitement. I have been looking forward to this night for a long time. I have invited twelve guests. All strangers. Now, the first of them has…

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The light in front


What’s the one thing you’d most like to achieve in life? I don’t know how you have answered this question, but I’ll tell you something. It’s a question most of us never ask ourselves. Of those who do, most get…