Category Archives: Thought Tools

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You’re Unique, I’m Unique

Each one of us is unique, of course.  It’s just that some are, well, a little more unique than others.  Niccolo Paganini, George Patton, and Tommy Caldwell fit that category as does Carlos Ghosn.  Ghosn, whose name rhymes with “phone,” … Continue reading

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You Want the Last Word?

Has one of your children ever approached you with a long litany of complaints?  Your offspring begins detailing his grievances, some of them more perceived than real.  You gently interrupt to contradict the mistakes. Perhaps it’s a friend or professional … Continue reading

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Fossil Fuel Festivities

Around the world, Jews greet the holiday of Chanukah by lighting one flame. On each successive night of this eight-day festival we add one additional flame, culminating on the eighth night with a fully lit eight-flame menorah. Among the miracles … Continue reading

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First Fruits (and sometimes Nuts)

l Here is today’s Thought Tool quiz: Early in 1845, Henry David Thoreau, along with about twenty of his friends, began a two and a half year-long party in a cabin on the shore of Walden Pond, near Concord Massachusetts.  … Continue reading

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Sunflowers, Science and Society

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55…   What comes after 55?  That’s right! 89 is the correct answer.  Each number is obtained by adding the two preceding numbers.  This series of numbers is called the Fibonacci sequence … Continue reading

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