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Japanese toilets

One of the amazing discoveries in our travels to Japan were Japanese toilets. Though there were squat toilets (which took a great deal of physical coordination to use), the majority we found were known as western style- 洋式 - and featured … Continue reading

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Harmony of community above self

I have to admit, I really enjoyed the polite civility I experienced in Japan— the bowing and the apparent joy in every interaction. Even shopkeepers and workers seemed to be enjoying their work and their interactions with each and every … Continue reading

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No respite from mindfulness

So I’m not really sure what happened. I had just pulled into a parking space on the street when a car pulled up alongside me. Inside the dark, large, relatively new car was an elegantly coiffed and well-dressed older woman, … Continue reading

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So much for Walden Two and cultural engineering…

Today is B.F. Skinner’s (1904-1990) birthday. He was a radical behaviorialist, a psychologist, novelist, and philosopher, famous for his ideas on behavior modification using continuous and/or variable reinforcement. When I was in college, my psychology professor, a committed Skinnerian, explained … Continue reading

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