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Not At War

Posted by on Nov 5, 2010 in Monica's Blog, The Beautiful Mind Blog | 1 comment

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but I’ll never forget what you said.” That’s the truer version of the playground retort bullied children are supposed to use when maliciously teased. Although the original – “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” – can be quickly rolled off the tongue, many of us do remember and internalize the harsh words we hear from those around us. What I’m trying to say is this: Words matter. The words we use for ourselves, the words we use for each other, the way we...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2010 in Monica's Blog, The Beautiful Mind Blog | 5 comments

Physics was my most difficult class in high school. Every time the teacher posed a question and asked the class for an answer, I got it wrong. I did the equations and exercises and pushed around those little wooden carts, and still never really got it. Even though I didn’t get a good grade, I remained fascinated by the ideas of physics. I continue to be interested in concepts and theories about how the world works (luckily, I can do that with philosophy or metaphysics). One of my favorite principles of classic...

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Lost and Found

Posted by on Oct 10, 2010 in Monica's Blog, The Beautiful Mind Blog | 1 comment

A couple of weeks ago, I reached in my wallet and could not find my credit card. I had not used it in hours and could not put my hand on it after searching my bag and couch. I started looking for the phone number of the last place where I had purchased something. I was fairly calm because I knew it had not yet been stolen and misused. I knew this because my credit card comes with great fraud protection. Whenever a charge appears that is slightly different than my normal purchases, I receive a phone call from my credit card company. This...

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The Power of Three Sentences:

Posted by on Sep 29, 2010 in Monica's Blog, The Beautiful Mind Blog | 22 comments

The Eddie Long Case and What’s Not Being Said I apologize in advance to those who normally follow my blog, Beautiful Mind Blog. I usually focus the blog on the intersection of depression and faith with a new entry at least once a week. Nevertheless, the firestorm around the allegations of sexual misconduct by Atlanta pastor Bishop Eddie Long compel me to break the silence I’ve kept in the last week. In short, Bishop Eddie Long, leader of the 25,0000 member Atlanta-based church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, is being sued in civil...

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2010 in Monica's Blog, The Beautiful Mind Blog | 5 comments

I like to do crosswords puzzles in free moments. I was in trouble when I discovered the iPod/ iPhone app. I wish I could say I do them because of the new research that indicates that mental games like crosswords and Sudoku stave off Alzheimer’s disease. I’m not that forward-looking. I find that games with repetition and moderate levels of mental attention help to manage anxiety. Yes, I’m claiming health care in Solitaire, Wordsearch and Crossword puzzles. There’s a consistent crossword question and answer that catches my...

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