You Are Not Your Body: Janine Shepherd speaks at TEDxKC

“For a gallant spirit there can never be defeat”
Wallis Simpson

We often define ourselves by things that are “outside” us: relationships, work, family — even our own bodies. But what would it mean to have your life dramatically altered and your body irrevocably damaged? Who would you be then? This talk explores the impact of loss on the human psyche and the universal quest to find meaning and fulfillment. It is only through the process of losing everything we thought we needed that we find who we truly are. […]

Cellphones – Need Volunteers for Long-Term Study of Possible Health Risks

“If you would like to take part in a study of the long-term health effects of cellphone usage, then don’t panic there is still time to sign up.  News Flash: If you currently own a cellphone and use it, then you are already a part of the study.”

Are cellphones at all dangerous to our health?  Certainly in the short-term there appears to be no obvious sign that cellphone usage is hazardous, but what of any long-term effects?  Is there a possibility that bodily tissue exposed over time might sustain damage and that the process is so slow that we do not directly relate the cause with the effect? […]

Here is Something to Lighten Your Day!

“A day without laughter is a day wasted” Charlie Chaplin

Laughter truly is infectious.  Take a subway ride with the people in the video and see if you can stop yourself from smiling. […]

Mermaids: The Body Found – Documentary Challenges the Myth

“Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world” Ansel Adams

Perhaps as a species we have been so busy looking for intelligent life on other planets that perhaps we have forgotten to look in our own backyard.  Animal Planet’s Documentary “Mermaids: The Body Found” tells the story of a scientific team’s investigative efforts to uncover the source behind mysterious underwater recordings and an unidentified marine body that was discovered in the belly of a great white shark. […]