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No Comprende

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The dark side of my genetics left me with a propensity for ear infections, a fat head and eustacian tubes that failed to drain.  I passed this on to my cherubs.  They've had 8 sets of tubes prior to age 4 between them.  Their hearing appears to have been spared.  Thankfully.  

 

Ear infections literally  feel like your brain is on fire.  The pain gets worse when you are flat (sleeping).  A popped eardrum means the pain is gone.  But it also means infection to brain is possible and scar tissue and lousy hearing is on the horizon.  Mine popped about a dozen times before I walked into the doors of a classroom.  I never slept.  Scar tissue ruins sound conduction.  Repeated infections ruin tiny ear bones.  All of that was a mess between my little ears.  

 

I spent the majority of my elementary and middle school years only hearing some from one ear.  I mastered lip reading and "smiling and nodding". Language frustrated me.  I learned more from body language and experience than I did from words.   I became highly visual; colors and patterns were fascinating.  Talking about what you know is  a chore when you think in complex pictures .  Nobody sees what you do; you can't possibly describe what you see.  Why bother?

 

At 14, I discovered that I did not hear in one ear because I fell asleep to music.  One ear mostly worked; the other mostly didn't.  I wore hearing aids for 2 decades.  I sobbed the first time I heard the wind while driving from my left ear.  

 

AT almost 50, verbal language is still an irritation.  I  find it difficult to describe what I know with words.  I want to "copy and paste" the pictures in my head and delete the part in between where people ask questions about tiny  (seemingly unimportant) details.  They want to know in words.  I mostly "know"  in pictures.  I can often "show" them.  They often want a list.  Urgh................

 

 

 

 

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Rare Genetic Mutation Lets Some People Function with Less Sleep

Rare Genetic Mutation Lets Some People Function with Less Sleep | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Ever wished you could get by with less sleep? Some people can--and don't seem to be any worse off for it--thanks, possibly, to one unusual mutation
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An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality - NYTimes.com

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How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins | Potpourri | Scoop.it
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on?
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A Disappearing Planet

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From ProPublica, an alarming series of graphs and charts on animal extinction: A Disappearing Planet. Animal species are going extinct anywhere from 100 to 1,000 times the rates that would be expected under natural conditions.
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10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing

10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language -- and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 5:39 PM

This is an interesting article. The first point is the use of the word proof rather than correlation (quantitative). I find it interesting that there is a lot of educational research used to justify various ways of teaching. For example, there are those who say digital technologies are a god-send and others who say otherwise. Research is good, but has to be considered contextually.

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Child Refugees

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Beatriz Manz: What is troubling, however, is that the debate over what the U.S. should do with these children has centered on how to deport them as rapidly as possible.
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Yahoo! Researchers Have Developed A GPS Algorithm To Find 'Emotionally Pleasant' Routes

Yahoo! Researchers Have Developed A GPS Algorithm To Find 'Emotionally Pleasant' Routes | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Mapping services and GPS devices are generally used for finding the shortest routes between two points while walking around or driving a car.
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The "asshole" effect: The age of entitlement: how wealth breeds narcissism

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The Anne Manne: As people get richer, they are more likely to feel entitled, to exploit others, and to cheat. That extends to politics too

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" you start to feel superior to everyone else and thus more deserving: something at the centre of narcissism. "  Gratitude looks much better on EVERYONE.

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Jonah Goldberg’s sexual tumult: The right doesn’t get how birth control works

Jonah Goldberg’s sexual tumult: The right doesn’t get how birth control works | Potpourri | Scoop.it
The right's lame talking points on Hobby Lobby are wrong -- and show a misunderstanding of health insurance and sex
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For Creative Problem-Solving, Why Young Kids Can Outwit College Students

For Creative Problem-Solving, Why Young Kids Can Outwit College Students | Potpourri | Scoop.it
When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.
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25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

25 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom | Potpourri | Scoop.it
A parent's love for their child knows no boundaries, and this is true both of us and of our animal friends. In these heartwarming photos of animal parenting, you'll recognize many of the same tender and stressful childhood moments that you may have also experienced as a parent or a child.
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amazing...............

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Report: Honeybee Death Rate is Currently too High for Survival of the Species

Report: Honeybee Death Rate is Currently too High for Survival of the Species | Potpourri | Scoop.it
We have found what's killing the bees, yet the government and the agro-chemical establishment is still in denial.
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We need to pay attention!

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It ain't easy having one of "those" kids - renegade mothering

It ain't easy having one of "those" kids - renegade mothering | Potpourri | Scoop.it
It’s a strange moment when you realize you have a kid that irritates people. It’s a piercing reality when you see the look in people’s eyes, saying “This boy, he’s too much.” But you know what’s the most amazing feeling in the world? When you realize you don’t give a shit what they think, and you’re set free from the insane notion that your kids should all fit perfectly society’s idea of a “well-behaved” child.
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It’s a strange moment when you realize you have a kid that irritates people. It’s a piercing reality when you see the look in people’s eyes, saying “This boy, he’s too much.” And you see that The Excessively Uptight pretty much can’t stand being in the presence of your son. Sometimes, they’re mean to him, and you want to break their faces with blunt objects, and grab your boy and fold him up back into your belly, where the assholes don’t exist and he’s safe.

But you know what’s the most amazing feeling in the world? When you realize you don’t give a shit what they think, and you’re set free from the insane notion that your kids should all fitperfectly all the time into society’s idea of a “well-behaved” child."

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9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Yes, one of the questions is "Why are Israelis and Palestinians fighting?"
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Elizabeth Warren's 11 commandments for progressives show Democrats don't disagree on much

Elizabeth Warren's 11 commandments for progressives show Democrats don't disagree on much | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Given the chance to write a factional document, the populist senator writes a consensus one instead.
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I love this woman's thinking!

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Friends Resemble Each Other Genetically | IFLScience

Friends Resemble Each Other Genetically | IFLScience | Potpourri | Scoop.it
An analysis of nearly 1.5 million gene markers found that friends who aren’t biologically related resemble each other genetically -- about as much as "kissing cousins."
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 15, 6:56 PM

It makes some sense. We look for kinship and people who are similar. There is enough difference to make relationships interesting and provocative.

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Vermont Calls to Take Money out of Politics - myChamplainValley.com

Vermont Calls to Take Money out of Politics - myChamplainValley.com | Potpourri | Scoop.it
The Vermont Legislature became the first to pass a resolution calling for a Constitutional Convention to change the country's campaign finance laws.
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Cholesterol Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Cholesterol Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Many new studies are complicating our understanding of the role cholesterol plays in heart disease.
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Common Science Myths That Most People Believe | IFLScience

Common Science Myths That Most People Believe | IFLScience | Potpourri | Scoop.it
There are a number of old wives’ tales out there regarding some basic scientific principles. Though most of them were refuted years ago, these rumors just won’t go away.
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The Secret Language of Millennials

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Boomers just don’t understand what younger people are saying about politics and culture.
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New generation gap
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Robert Reich: SCOTUS is oblivious to the rights of American workers

Robert Reich: SCOTUS is oblivious to the rights of American workers | Potpourri | Scoop.it
The former secretary of labor explains how the high court's Hobby Lobby decision echoes its Citizens United ruling
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thought provoking. "Let’s talk about dying"

thought provoking.  "Let’s talk about dying" | Potpourri | Scoop.it
At 88 and ailing, I refuse to live at any cost. I only hope that when the time comes, I'll have the courage to act
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Passing on body hatred

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I was seven when I discovered my mum was fat, ugly and horrible. Up until then I'd believed she was beautiful - in every sense of the word.
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Our girls know what we say to ourselves.
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Ten things we know to be true – Google

Ten things we know to be true – Google | Potpourri | Scoop.it
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So much to be learned from these ten things..........I especially like 1,2 4,5,6 and 9! : )

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13 things mentally strong people don’t do

13 things mentally strong people don’t do | Potpourri | Scoop.it
Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for…
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This is a good list of things to ponder........and infuse in our little worlds!

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