Posts made in November, 2014

My Wobbly Bicycle, 84

Posted by on Nov 22, 2014 in Archive | 6 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 84

Used to be, we thought that the brain matured and then stopped. All you could do as an adult is get more efficient with how you use it. It turns out, the brain keeps on, all our lives, changing and changing, through experience. My son Scott just sent me an article on meditation from this month’s Scientific American. Most of what it said I already knew, but I’m really glad to see that recent brain research is confirming the dramatic changes—in ability to pay attention, in diminishment of anxiety, in improving sleep patterns, in managing pain and negative thoughts, etc.—in the brains of...

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My Wobbly Bicycle, 83

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Archive | 4 comments

My Wobbly Bicycle, 83

I was driving to Rehoboth Beach from Newark. I’d just given a reading at Acorn Books in Dover and was about to give another at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth. Lower Delaware is grassy, with meandering marshy rivers, the sky full of migrating plovers, sandpipers, and snow geese. The beach is stunning enough to attract vacationers from D.C. and all over. Northern Delaware, on the other hand, is more like Pennsylvania—woody, groomed—it reminds me of England. I was having this feeling that I’d never left. Almost 30 years in the same place can hold you to it by the sheer accumulation of...

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