Archive for the ‘Books & Culture’ Category

Earlier this week, some words from David Foster Wallace appeared in my facebook news feed: “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” Our more »

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— This is part 2 of a 2 part post featuring the books, Mindset, by Carol Dweck, and The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Click here to read part 1. —         I really thought I’d get in. I told all my closest friends I was applying. I’d worked hard to more »

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You’ve heard of wine and cheese pairings, right? The concept is that the intense flavors of certain cheeses enhance the aroma and taste of certain wines; visit a nice restaurant, and the fine dining wait staff will be more than willing to explain this in detail. Well pairings are important – put the right two more »

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When we first started this blog a year ago, I started a Google alert for new stories about relationship research. Turns out, there’s a lot of research. In the last few months I’ve missed covering some kind of interesting research. So, since I don’t have time to write a blog post for each data set more »

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At 15, the only thing I knew about football was I liked a tight end when I saw one. So why, now 20 years later, is my wardrobe sprinkled with team gear? So why does my two year-old shout “Go Bears!” anytime she sees any bear – including Winnie the Pooh – on television? Because more »

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A few months ago I read Alone Together, by Sherry Turkle. Turkle is a MIT technology and sociology professor who researches human interaction with robots and new technologies. The subtitle of her book sums it up, Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. Turkle told the story of a 30-something dad more »

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Ten  years ago, when Cliff and I got married, he had hair and I had thighs that would have fit into skinny jeans, had they been stylish then. I was shy in groups and reticent to ever express a strong opinion; Cliff was more brash. He was headed for a career in social work. I more »

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When Amber and I were dating, we occasionally spent evenings flipping through The Book of Questions. You’ve probably seen the very same book on someone’s bookshelf (or toilet) at some point: a cute little book published in the late 1980s, authored by a Ph.D. and filled with random questions to ask your loved ones. Some more »

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Almost 10 years ago, Carol Dweck – one of the world’s leading researchers in Psychology and a Professor at Stanford – released a book called Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Under normal circumstances, this book would not have found its way on to my shelf or into my backpack. But in this particular circumstance, more »

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You may have noticed that this blog has an ever-so-slight bent towards observing relationship trends and patterns in pop culture. That’s partly because we love movies, meaning that our favorite season is upon us: Oscar season. My wife and I used to see every Best Picture nominee before the awards ceremony; after all, part of more »

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